Using Seabirds to Track Ecosystem Change
Wednesday, May 14, noon-1 p.m. — In this seminar, Linda Welch, Refuge Biologist at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, discusses how the refuge uses satellite tags and coded radio tags to determine where the birds are foraging and what habitat characteristics are associated with those foraging areas. The presentation illustrates how integrating monitoring efforts at the breeding colonies, remote tracking studies and ongoing at-sea monitoring efforts can show how seabirds are a vital tool for understanding change within the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.
Songbird Migration and Stopover: Implications for Offshore Wind Development
Thursday, May 15, noon-1 p.m. — In this seminar, researchers from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst discuss the use of Nano Tag radio transmitters and automated telemetry receivers to track migrant songbirds in the Gulf of Maine. The goal is to assess the risk of offshore wind energy development to migrant songbirds, generate models and maps that can predict areas of high use and migratory movement and inform siting for offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine.
Both presentations will be held in the USFWS Northeast Regional Office large auditorium, as well as broadcast on the internet and archived for later viewing.