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Mobirders,
Here is a follow-up regarding the Arkansas Tower Project.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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> From: "Erin.Macchia" <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: April 20, 2006 10:33:31 AM CDT
> To: "Edge" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: RE: Arkansas Tower Project needs YOU!
>
> Hi, Edge!
>
>
>
> Thanks for forwarding my message to support the project!  Finding  
> technicians for such a brief study season and a relatively small  
> time commitment each morning has been more difficult than I imagined.
>
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>
> Our project is funded jointly by the Arkansas Game and Fish  
> Commission, our state wildlife agency, and Arkansas State  
> University.  Avian fatalities associated with communication towers  
> have been documented for more than 50 years, but there are very few  
> studies that compare more than one tower at a time and even fewer  
> studies that examine this phenomenon at a landscape scale.  The  
> primary goal of our project is to compare differences (if any) in  
> the number of migratory birds affected by towers with different  
> characteristics.  We are comparing four tower attributes: 1)  
> Physiographic region, 2) Tower height, 3) Tower lighting system,  
> and 4) presence/absence of guy wires.  We have two field seasons  
> each year (20 days in the spring and 20 days in the fall) and we  
> hope to continue this project through 2008, pending additional  
> funding.
>
>
>
> For this immediate field season, we would like to begin tower  
> searches at those sites without technicians as soon as possible.   
> The last day of searches for this season is Wednesday, May 17th.   
> Hopefully there are interested parties in Missouri that may also  
> serve as technicians!  One of the challenges in a project of this  
> scale is to find searchers near tower locations.
>
>
>
> I visited the archives of MO-birds and see that there may be  
> interest in having a similar study in your state?  This is an area  
> that is both a “hot” conservation topic and a sensitive subject for  
> the communications industry.  Although there is a lot of “talk” on  
> both sides of the debate, there is a dearth of rigorous, scientific  
> information about the numbers and types of birds affected, if these  
> numbers are different between spring and fall migration seasons,  
> and if these numbers vary across North America.  Ideally, the best  
> way to examine this topic is to have several towers in each state,  
> each representing various combinations of tower height, lighting  
> system, and with-/without guy wires, searched at the same time each  
> morning during “peak migration” season for that area.  Of course,  
> in the real world there are few organizations with appropriate  
> funding measures and connections to tower operators, private land  
> owners, and available tower searchers.  We hope our study will add  
> some valuable information upon completion, but the results in  
> Arkansas are probably just a small snapshot of a much larger picture.
>
>
>
> Please let me know if there is any additional information I can  
> provide, and thanks for helping to spread the word about our study.
>
>
>
> Cheers,
>
> Erin
>
>
>
> From: Edge [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 10:10 AM
> To: Erin.Macchia
> Subject: Re: Arkansas Tower Project needs YOU!
>
>
>
> Erin,
>
>
>
> I forwarded your post to the Missouri listserve.  It generated some  
> interest and questions.
>
>
>
> Would you please provide a brief description of the project,  
> including funding source(s), cooperating entities, timeframe for  
> the study, etc.
>
>
>
> Edge Wade
>
> Columbia, MO
>
> [log in to unmask]
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>


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