Welcome. For a look at my background, please visit my main website. I’ve been birding actively since 1998 and have had a windy career path that’s taken me from bird bum jobs across the country to an academic foray as a cartographer to my current, and hopefully long-standing, post as a Biologist with the National Audubon Society’s Important Bird Areas Program. I’ve always been a student of birds with a particular interest in bird distribution, bird diversity, and the phenology of bird migration.
During spring and fall migration periods, I’ll work to post migration forecasts, based on nightly RADAR and weather conditions, primarily for the Rhode Island region. For background on using RADAR to monitor migration, refer to Clemson’s Radar Ornithology Lab. The vanguard in blogging about migration tracking is David La Puma’s woodcreeper.com. My migration forecasts are heavily inspired by David’s work and years of personally tracking and studying migration using RADAR and on the ground observation. The disclaimer about my posts is that migration forecasting is not an exact science, yet (eBird is working on that, see BirdCast). I’ve had some pretty good hits and a few misses for which I don’t have good explanation. Hopefully, my migration forecasts will open awareness of present conditions for migration, provide some guidance about field conditions, and open discussion.