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    Duck hunters are not the only people watching the skies for ducks. The Avian Hazard Advisory System (AHAS) is an Air Force system that tracks birds to prevent collisions with planes.

    They have some cool radar maps and hazard reports that update every 6 minutes.

    We are working on ways to use that data in a manner that is important to duck hunters.

    Take a look at it here:




    Pretty good deal.



    Nice, kind of like when nexrad lights up during the spring migration. You know there is a crap ton of birds moving when the radar picks them up.



    What cool is that you can monitor movements from a local refuge if you start using a local radar tower on Intellicast or other service.

    Even when you can’t get to the field, you could watch geese pick up and move each day and develop trends on which directions the feed when the wind is from different directions etc….

    Helpful stuff if you want to scout without leaving the desk.





    Current image from Mound City, MO

    Since winds are out of the northwest, I suspect the blips moving northeast (in the opposite direction of the wind) away from Squaw Creek NWR are snow geese — but I’m new at this and could be absolutely wrong:




    Link to watch radar updates near sunset for geese:



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