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Birds and Radar: Feathered Forecasts

September 9 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Birds and Radar: Feathered Forecasts

Ever wondered where birds go during hurricanes? How can weather conditions forecast bird migrations? Is it possible for bird behavior to help us predict the intensity of our season of storms?

Tim Armstrong, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington, will give a presentation hosted by Cape Fear Audubon, Monday, September 9, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Halyburton Park’s Event Center, 4099 S. 17th Street in Wilmington.

Armstrong, who is also an avid birdwatcher, will discuss how radar can be used to track flocks of migrating birds. He will introduce the group to the website “BirdCast,” managed by Cornell University, which posts real-time analysis maps showing intensities of actual bird migration detected by NWS surveillance radar.

He will address how scientists use Doppler radar to find out how birds can be found in the calm eye of a hurricane, as well as the unique phenomenon of “roost rings” — when weather radar detects thousands of birds taking off or returning to their overnight resting place. The program will also point out several examples of severe weather directly and indirectly impacting our local populations of birds..

As Wilmington’s NWS Climate Program Leader, Armstrong published “The Wilmington Wave,” an in-depth recap of Hurricane Florence in the Spring 2019 issue of the NWS newsletter.

Armstrong lives in Wilmington with his wife, Jaime — formerly a meteorologist in Charleston, S.C. — and their two young children. He received his degree in Meteorology from UNC-Asheville.

This program continues a year-round series of presentations by Cape Fear Audubon. The non-profit organization is an affiliate of Audubon North Carolina and the National Audubon Society. Details about chapter activities are available at capefearaudubon.org. The organization also maintains a Facebook page.

Details

Date:
September 9
Time:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Event Categories:
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Website:
capefearaudubon.org

Organizer

Cape Fear Audubon Society
Email:
info@capefearaudubon.org
Website:
www.capefearaudubon.org

Venue

Halyburton Park Event Center
4099 S 17th St
Wilmington, North Carolina
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