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  Developing and Implementing a Bird Migration Monitoring, Assessment, and Public Outreach Program for Your Community, The BirdCast Project (58 pp, 3.88 MB) (EPA/625/R-01/007) September 2001

EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory, in collaboration with the BirdCast Project and its partners, has created a technology transfer handbook. The handbook presents a case study showing how one bird migration monitoring and outreach program provides information that allows property managers and the public to assist migratory birds.

The handbook is written primarily for community organizers, nonprofit groups, local government officials, and other decision makers who are interested in developing bird migration monitoring and outreach programs of their own. It provides detailed guidance on:

  • Identifying target communities that would be interested in reporting on and following the progress of bird migration
  • Recording and presenting real-time information about bird migration using radar, weather information, and acoustic monitoring
  • Collecting groundtruthing information from volunteer birders and presenting it to the public
  • Providing education and outreach to the public about what to do when migratory birds pass through their area

The handbook was developed for EPA’s Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) program. The program takes advantage of new technologies that make it possible to provide environmental information to the public in near real-time. EMPACT is working with the largest metropolitan areas of the country to help communities:

  • Collect, manage, and distribute time-relevant environmental information
  • Provide residents with easy-to-understand information that can be used in making informed day-to-day decisions


Scott Hedges


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