Project Description

This project uses Doppler weather surveillance radar to document bird migration patterns in the desert southwest, including information on migrant density, migrant-habitat associations, height, and direction, as well as temporal and geographic variation in these factors. The project will also document the limitations in using weather radar data to address these questions. The information produced by this project will be valuable to resource managers in protecting migratory birds and conserving habitat, as well as conducting regulatory activities (e.g., siting and permitting of facilities posing threat to migratory birds).

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Janet Ruth
U.S. Geological Survey

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