To monitor wildlife migration patterns using WV radio technology

Union, W: West Virginia researchers use old-school radio technology to study wildlife migration patterns in remote areas of the state.

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently installed a radio telemetry system at the Rock Raptor Observatory in Monroe County, which collects information on migratory animals passing through the tower.

The project is part of the Motus International Animal Tracking Network and captures any wildlife activity marked by radio.

Mac Franz, a state animal researcher for DNR, said the project will help answer ecological questions about abnormal or endangered species.

“There are other animals we want, such as the northern long-tailed bat,” Franz said. There are many summer bats, but we don’t know exactly where they will go when they migrate in the fall, so there are some basic questions like that when we start building many towers online. , That we may answer ”

As part of the network, researchers get information from other states and learn, for example, if a bird flying from Pennsylvania passes through West Virginia.

Franz said the information could help inform about efforts to take care of important areas of the state.

One of the reasons he chose Hanging Rock was the 50-year history of environmentalists monitoring the Reporter migration.

Franz noted that the volunteer group has the longest collection of information on raptor migration in the United States, and that the state will learn more about raptor movements in West Virginia and beyond.

“We can monitor those activities and find out what kind of housing they use and where they need to be,” Franz said. And so we will have more information to help us protect these species.

Before the end of this year, DNR plans to install antennas at Fox Forest Wildlife Management in Rendol County. Franz also hopes to install antennas throughout the state.

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