Understanding The Impact Of Wind Farms On Nature
GPS Tracking Migration Patterns Of Geese
Science has brought mankind numerous avenues to create energy and power our world, but often times those facilities that create energy can have a negative impact on the environment and species who call the area home. This is why the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust was adamant about conducting a comprehensive study on barnacle geese living in areas where a soon-to-be project would put wind farms all across the Coastal region of Norway, and the Scottish Forth of Forth region. The plan is too equip a small sample size of geese currently inhabiting the areas that will be developed into farms with sophisticated GPS tracking systems. The GPS tracking devices will be used to capture and record various real-time data that includes the heights the birds are flying, timing of the migratory journeys and possible collisions the animals could be having with the wind farms once they are developed.
What many of the experts working on the barnacle geese project theorize is that the birds, who are in the migration process, take overnight rests somewhere in the sea region near the Scottish Firth of Forth. By documenting the bird’s migratory journey, scientists can discover whether or not the wind farms are having a negative impact on the bird’s way of life. One of the scientists involved in the Wild Fowl Wetlands Project, Dr. Larry Griffin, stated that barnacle geese have been monitored and observed by the agency since the 1960s, and that the new geo-tagging system will only help make the process more efficient and data more reliable. Griffin explained that the protected species had declined to numbers as low 300 in the late 1940s, but through legislation promoting conservation and detailed research, barnacle geese populations have increased significantly over the past 60 years to approximately 35,000.
According to the news source from the United Kingdom where this story was first reported, the five birds who were fitted with the real time GPS trackers can be monitored by anyone who wants to access the live satellite tracking data by visiting the Wild Fowl & Wetlands webpage dedicated to the project. Each bird’s individual location can be accessed by clicking on the name of the barnacle goose, Sven, Barrie, Bonzo, Peter or King Barney.
Tracking System Direct (TSD), a provider of real-time monitoring systems such as the SilverCloud tracker which are similar to those tracking the migratory patterns of the geese, would like wish the scientists involved in this project the best of luck. Their efforts to better understand the human impact on wildlife can not be under-estimated and are greatly appreciated by all of the GPS vehicle tracker experts at TSD!
Source: The Courier