Substantial improvements in the current network of radars within the United States have made radar more useful in tracking and understanding migratory and local movements of "aerofauna." These include enhanced capacity to detect biological targets and Doppler capability that can measure direction and speed of targets. Additionally, the digital nature of radar data, coupled with readily available computing power and GIS, enables a broad range of quantitative, spatially explicit biological applications. The fact sheet summarizes this technology and how radar data are applied to biological questions about movement patterns of flying wildlife, with links to more detailed information. The intended audience is potential radar-data end users, including natural resource management and regulatory agencies, conservation organizations, and industry.
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