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Using Radar to Understand Migratory Birds and Their Habitats: Critical Needs for the Gulf of Mexico

Fact Sheet 2005-3067

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Abstract

Nearly all Neotropical migratory landbird species of the eastern United States as well as many western species use Louisiana and the northern Gulf of Mexico coast during their transcontinental migrations each spring and fall. Radar has determined that hundreds of millions of birds make the nocturnal crossing of the Gulf of Mexico resulting in daily flights of as many as 2.5 million individuals stopping in Louisiana to feed and rest. These migration landings are so spectacular that the term 'fallout' has been coined to describe the concentrations of birds arriving on the coast.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Using Radar to Understand Migratory Birds and Their Habitats: Critical Needs for the Gulf of Mexico
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2005-3067
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2005
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
National Wetlands Research Center
Description:
2 p.