Radar Workshop

Albuquerque, NM, 24-26 October 2006

2006 Radar Workshop Participants
Radar Workshop Participants
Photo courtesy of Ron Larkin.

Radar technologies are well-suited to the study of aerial movements and migration patterns in birds and even bats. To further current collaborative research and management efforts that apply these technologies, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) co-hosted a workshop entitled “Applying Radar Technology to Migratory Bird Conservation and Management: Strengthening and Expanding a Collaborative Effort” on Oct. 24–26, 2006, in Albuquerque, N.M. The USGS Fort Collins Science Center's Arid Lands Field Station coordinated the event. USGS and USFWS organizers invited potential cooperators from Federal agencies within and outside the U.S. Department of the Interior, scientists conducting radar-related research on wildlife, and other interested parties. Workshop objectives were to

  1. describe radar technology applications to bird conservation and management and present current research;
  2. discuss resource management questions that can be addressed with radar;
  3. provide a forum for communication between researchers and managers; and
  4. identify actions that will strengthen existing partnerships and broaden the coalition, including development of recommendations for a collaborative radar applications program.