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Cornell Lab Receives NSF Grant for BirdCast

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From eBird's website: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/cornell-lab-receives-nsf-grant-for-birdcast



The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Oregon State University received a National Science Foundation award to fund BirdCast. The goal is to synthesize eBird data, night flight calls captured by acoustic monitoring stations and clouds of migrating birds detected at night by WSR-88D weather radar stations. The proposed work will allow, for the first time, real-time predictions of bird migrations: when they migrate, where they migrate, and how far they will be flying. Accurate models of migration have broad application for basic research by allowing researchers to understand behavioral aspects of migration, how migration timing and pathways respond to variation in climatic conditions, and whether linkages exist between annual variation in migration timing and subsequent inter-annual changes in population size.

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