Radar Ornithology in the River Lakes Conservation Area

Annaleisa M. White, Florida Institute of Technology

Faculty Advisors Mr. Splitt and Professor Lazarus


The River Lakes Conservation Area also known as St. Johns River (Upper Area) is a known habitat for migratory birds. The NEXRAD Radar was used to observe a population of migratory birds during the spring of 2015. A daily migration was observed within minutes prior to sunrise. The areal expansion rates ofthe migration are very consistent from day to day. There was also two roosting locations on a daily basis heading in multiple directions that was observed. Future studies for local bird migration consist of surveying types of birds to better understand the take-off times in such magnitudes for potential conservation efforts.