Using radar ornithology to study migration

Buler and Dawson (2012) Radar analysis of fall bird migration stopover sites in the northeastern U.S.

Regionally-classified radar-observed bird stopover density for 16 WSR-88D sites. See Figure 8 from Buler and Dawson (2012) for more detail.

Using radar to track timing and velocity of bird migration has been around for a long time. But recently, there have been some great advancements –software packages that make it possible to remove “aerial plankton” and quantify actual density of birds. Check out these websites for more information.

Summary of radar from eBird

Research from University of Delaware

w2birddensity software from University of Delaware

Publications on the methods


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