High tech bird count: Radar used to track raptors

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) -- Bird counting has gone high-tech on the South Carolina coast.  

 
This year, the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw used radar in its fall count of raptors migrating to South America. A small, revolving radar dish was set up in a field where bird watchers count raptors.  
 
Center officials say the radar can pick up groups of the birds long before they can be seen with the naked eye. That means watchers can train their binoculars in that direction as birds fly into view.  
 
While using radar is generally expected to increase the number of birds counted, the number will likely be down this year. Scientists say that may be due to changes in wind patterns causing the birds to fly farther inland. 
 
 

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