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8:29 am
Mon June 11, 2012

NASA To Help Track Migtratory Birds in Delmarva Region

 OYSTER, Va. (AP) - The nation's space agency and The Nature Conservancy are teaming up to further understanding of migratory bird habitats on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

NASA and the conservation group have signed an agreement that will provide a base for the agency's precipitation science programs and at the same time study those migratory patterns.

Under the agreement, the Conservancy is providing access to NASA at the Virginia Coast Reserve near Oyster. There NASA will place weather radar, rain gauges and other instruments to measure precipitation on a global scale.

In exchange, NASA will support migratory bird studies by The Nature Conservancy using its weather radar.

Conservancy scientist Barry Truitt says the five-year collaboration will help scientists identify what habitats migratory birds are using for fall stopovers on the lower Delmarva Peninsula.