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This dataset contains measures of seasonal mean bird stopover densities and in seasonal mean bird density based on weather surveillance radar data from 20 radar locations in the Northeast U.S. across seven autumn migrations (15 August through 7 November of 2008-2014) [six autumn migrations for the terminal doppler weather radar (15 August through 7 November of 2009-2014)]. Data are present only in radar-sampled areas for each individual radar (see below for description on how these data are filtered). If you are interested in a continuous map of bird stopover densities for the entire region (and outside of these radar coverage areas), refer to layer “Predicted autumn migratory landbird density, 1km, Northeast U.S.”.The...
Publication from the NALCC co-funded project Identifying Important Migratory Landbird Stopover Sites in the Northeast. With many of the world’s migratory bird populations in alarming decline, broad‐scale assessments of responses to migratory hazards may prove crucial to successful conservation efforts. Most birds migrate at night through increasingly light‐polluted skies. Bright light sources can attract airborne migrants and lead to collisions with structures, but might also influence selection of migratory stopover habitat and thereby acquisition of food resources. We demonstrate, using multi‐year weather radar measurements of nocturnal migrants across the northeastern U.S., that autumnal migrant stopover density...
Publication from the NALCC co-funded project Identifying Important Migratory Landbird Stopover Sites in the Northeast.With many of the world’s migratory bird populations in alarming decline, broad‐scale assessments of responses to migratory hazards may prove crucial to successful conservation efforts. Most birds migrate at night through increasingly light‐polluted skies. Bright light sources can attract airborne migrants and lead to collisions with structures, but might also influence selection of migratory stopover habitat and thereby acquisition of food resources. We demonstrate, using multi‐year weather radar measurements of nocturnal migrants across the northeastern U.S., that autumnal migrant stopover density...
Final Report of the NALCC funded project “Identifying Important Migratory Landbird Stopover Sites in the Northeast”.The national network of weather surveillance radars (NEXRAD) detects birds in flight,and has proven to be a useful remote-sensing tool for ornithological study. We used datacollected during Fall 2008 to 2014 by 16 NEXRAD and four terminal Doppler weather radars(TDWR) in the northeastern U.S. to map and study the spatial distribution of landbirds shortlyafter they leave daytime stopover sites to embark on nocturnal migratory flights. Given observedvariability in the precise timing of migratory exodus, we developed a new method to sample theonset of migration at the point of maximum rate of increase...
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This dataset represents the observed and predicted relative bird density during autumn migratory stopover within the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S. as measured by NEXRAD weather surveillance radar during the periods of peak landbird migration (15 August to 7 November) during 2008 through 2014. The dataset also includes measures of land cover characteristics, vegetative productivity, and geographic context used in the models to predict bird stopover use. Observed data are present only in radar-sampled areas (see below for description on how these data are filtered) while predicted data are modeled across the entire Northeast U.S.The dataset was originally developed as supplemental information for the cooperative...
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