USGS at The Wildlife Society: From sea-ice change to contaminants to predators and prey

d Jamie Womble (National Park Service) and Mayumi Arimitsu (USGS), Session 20, Monday, Sept. 24, 8:40 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Assessing bird occurrence and migration in the context of wind development: Two Projects: Coastal and offshore seabird populations.

Offshore wind-generated electricity promises to be an important source of renewable energy for the future; however, wind energy development may be in conflict with coastal and offshore seabird populations. Information on seabird distribution is needed to allow regulatory agencies to evaluate placement of proposed wind energy projects. To address these information needs, seabird occurrence, biophysical parameters, and oceanographic data are being gathered for the Atlantic waters of the eastern United States, a focal area for wind energy development. This information will be used to map seabird occurrence patterns, predict distribution, and to identify potential areas of conflict between birds and proposed wind energy development. Allan F. O'Connell, Jr., Session 21, Monday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (poster session)

Migrating birds and bats. Concerns have arisen about the potential impacts of wind power development in the Appalachians on migrating birds and bats, creating a critical need for information on their distribution and flight characteristics as they pass through the region. We are studying the distribution and flight patterns of birds and bats that migrate nocturnally. Weather surveillance radar data are being analyzed to provide a broad view of spring and fall migration through the Appalachians, and to assess the response of migrants to mountain ridges or other prominent landforms. We also are conducting acoustic monitoring at 29 sites scattered through the central Appalachians, recording the calls made by migrating birds in flight to index their abundance and species composition at different locations. The acoustic monitoring is supplemented with portable radar sampling at

Contact: Catherine Puckett
United States Geological Survey

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