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9/15/2014

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Grey skies over TTP


The varying fall weather greatly influenced migration monitoring efforts at the station last week.  Inclement weather not only limits migration activity but also impacts how our monitoring protocols are applied.  The Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station Migration Monitoring Protocol is a comprehensive guiding document that describes practices and protocols implemented at the station, ensuring the health and safety of birds over all else.  TTPBRS follows the Bander's Code of Ethics in all its operations.

Anticipating and responding to deteriorating weather is the responsibility of the station’s coordinator and volunteers.  Weather information such as wind direction and strength, temperature, precipitation, cloud cover and visibility are recorded three times daily (at opening, census and closing) and the local weather forecast is closely monitored. Being acutely aware of current and imminent weather follows the Bander’s Code of Ethics and allows for migration monitoring data to be standardized.  When weather is marginally inclement nets are evaluated on an individual basis and at the first sign of unfavorable weather, monitoring activities are postponed and nets are closed.  The daily census takes place regardless of weather, with the exception of thunderstorms.

Luckily, the weather forecast calls for improved conditions this week.  We can hopefully expect good numbers of fall migrants these next few days.