Dedicated to the protection of birds, other animals, and their habitats through education and activism
Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170; president@SEVolusiaAudubon.org
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.