During fall 2006, Woodlot Alternatives, Inc. conducted a radar survey of nocturnal migration at the proposed windpark in Coos County, New Hampshire. The surveys are part of permitting efforts by Granite Reliable Power, LLC (Granite) for the development of a wind power development at that site. The field investigation included a survey of nighttime activity in the vicinity of the project using radar and represents the first of a set of field investigations planned by Granite at this site.
The surveys were conducted from September 9 to October 12, 2006. The overall goal of the survey was to document nocturnal migration in the vicinity of the proposed wind farm, including the number of migrants, their flight direction, and their flight altitude. The results of these field surveys, especially when reviewed along with results of the spring 2007 surveys, will provide useful information about site-specific migration activity and patterns in the vicinity of the project.
The fall radar survey targeted 30 nights of radar surveys to collect and record video samples of the radar during horizontal operation, which documents the abundance, flight path, and speed of targets moving through the project area, and vertical operation, which documents the altitude of targets.