NASA Radar to Track Migrating Birds Over Delmarva

Sep 16, 2013

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NEWARK, Md. (AP) – A team of scientists is using a high-tech NASA radar to monitor the fall migration of birds over the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Wilmington News Journal reports scientists will be looking at where birds are stopping, eating and lingering as they examine the best habitats that remain for the region’s migratory son birds.

University of Delaware research Jeff Buler says the majority of birds are migrating at night. He says residents can hear their flight calls if you listen carefully.

The NASA Polarimetric radar in Newark, Md., is normally used to study rainfall. But birds don’t typically migrate when it’s raining, so scientists can use the radar for both types of research.           

Researchers from the Nature Conservancy and Old Dominion University are also collaborating on the project.