Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

February 2015 Speaker

Our February speaker will be Dr. Frederick R. Mosher, Associate Professor at Embry-Riddle University.  He is also a member of the Halifax chapter of the Audubon Society.

Dr. Mosher was born in Delaware and grew up in Maryland.  He moved to Florida in 2004.  He earned a B.S. degree in Physics at University of Maryland and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology at University of Wisconsin – Madison.

After a hitch in the US Army, Dr. Mosher returned to University of Wisconsin on the staff of the Space Center and Engineering Center.  In 1984 he joined the National Weather Service, heading first the Technique Development Unit then the Aviation Support Branch and finally was named Scientific Operations Officer at the Aviation Weather Center.  He joined Embry-Riddle University as an Associate Professor in 2004.

He is a fellow of American Meteorological Society and has published over 50 technical papers.  He has also served on numerous government committees on weather satellite information, interactive meteorological computer systems, future aviation weather information systems, and lighting detection systems.

Dr. Mosher and his wife Karen reside in Port Orange.  They are parents of two adult daughters.  

This is the second time Dr. Mosher will address our club.  His talk this time is entitled Tracking Birds with Weather Radar. 

Radar can detect objects in the sky.  These can be precipitation, bugs, birds, or planes.  While the primary purpose of the National Weather Service (NWS) radar network is to detect precipitation, the radar will also detect other objects such as birds.  Weather radar can be used to track bird migrations, as well as detecting concentrations of birds leaving overnight roosting areas.  This talk will present information on interpretation of radar echoes, how to distinguish between bird flocks and precipitation, and how to access this weather radar information on your computer or smart phone.  A case study will be presented of finding flocks of tree swallows near Lake Poinsett. 

This should be a fun topic, whether you are a serious birder, a beginning birder or a birding agnostic.  Come out and bring a friend.

Refreshments will be served.