As golden eagles travel through Pennsylvania along the Kittatinny Ridge on their migratory path between Quebec and southern Appalachia, some are wearing backpack-style tracking units that tell researchers on the ground where they have flown.
The data is giving David Brandes, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and an interdisciplinary team of scientists a detailed picture of where the migrating birds prefer to fly, information that can help determine how energy-producing wind turbines placed along those ridges affect the birds.
Brandes has been collaborating with scientists from West Virginia University, Ohio State University, Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources, and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to better understand, quantify, and model how golden eagles react to terrain and weather conditions during migration. The project is funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant and previously received two Pennsylvania Game Commission State Wildlife grants and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources.
In recognition of their work, the researchers received the 2011 Conservation Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology.
“The award is a real honor for our team,” Brandes says. “It shows that our research is highly relevant, not just from a scientific viewpoint but also for conservation issues of current concern in Pennsylvania and throughout the Appalachians.” ……..(for more info click here)
June 26-29, 2011 – Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Introducing Sustainability Into Engineering Education
Professor David Brandes presented his writing of:
‘Sustainabile Stormwater Management as an Opportunity for Campus and Community-based Engineering Education’