Bird and Bat Monitoring on Monhegan Island

The University of Maine has teamed with the New Jersey Audubon Society to conduct bird and bat studies as part of the environmental and ecological monitoring plan for the Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site. 

New Jersey Audubon’s mobile bird and bat marine radar monitoring trailer is unloaded on Monhegan Island from a barge.

New Jersey Audubon's mobile bird and bat marine radar monitoring trailer is unloaded on Monhegan Island from a barge.

New Jersey Audubon has sited a mobile bird and bat marine radar monitoring system at the Four Winds Cottage on the southern end of Monhegan Island that will run July through December 2010.

This activity will help characterize flight patterns of birds and bats in the area and contribute to growing knowledge of flyways of birds and bats traversing Maine’s coastal waters and how meteorological conditions affect flight dynamics and behavior.

 

 

The marine radar trailer will provide data on overhead migration rate, flight heights and directions. Few data of this sort exist in deep, offshore waters anywhere.

 

The marine radar trailer will provide data on overhead migration rate, flight heights and directions. Few data of this sort exist in deep, offshore waters anywhere.

 

The marine radar trailer is towed across the island to an ideal site on its southern end, where it will remain until December.

The marine radar trailer is towed across the island to an ideal site on its southern end, where it will remain until December.

 

The radar monitoring trailer measures 18 feet long, 10 feet high, and 8 feet wide.

The radar monitoring trailer measures 18 feet long, 10 feet high, and 8 feet wide.

 

A New Jersey Audubon technician will reside on Monhegan Island conducting visual observations and maintaining the radar trailer.

A New Jersey Audubon technician will reside on Monhegan Island conducting visual observations and maintaining the radar trailer.

 

The marine radar trailer’s location provides an unobstructed view of the UMaine Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site from near sea level.

The marine radar trailer’s location provides an unobstructed view of the UMaine Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site from near sea level.