Download Wildlife Studies Offshore of Maryland. This 8-page summary publication represents an overview of results from the final technical report for the Maryland-focused study, and features survey results and case studies on marine mammals, sea turtles, and wintering seabirds. The Executive Summary for the technical report is also available here.
Additional results and case studies can be found in the 32-page synthesis report for the mid-Atlantic regional study, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Studies: Distribution and Abundance of Wildlife along the Eastern Seaboard, 2012-2014.
The Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies (MABS) Project was funded by the US Department of Energy in 2011, in order to identify important wildlife areas, data gaps, and approaches for collecting and incorporating natural resource data into decision making. The study design included two years of boat-based and high resolution digital video aerial surveys across the study area, with higher density aerial survey transects within three federally designated wind energy areas (WEAs).
During the second year of the study, in 2013, existing boat-based surveys were expanded into Maryland state waters, and existing video aerial surveys into areas west and south of the Maryland WEA. An additional aerial survey in Maryland waters was also conducted in August 2013. Results presented here include data from both projects.
We used two years of boat-based surveys and high resolution digital video aerial surveys to document animal movements, distributions, abundance, and habitat use (conducted by HiDef Aerial Surveying, Ltd., City University of New York, and BRI). Combining these methods resulted in a more comprehensive understanding of wildlife patterns in the region.
Statistical models were developed to identify ecological drivers of these patterns and predict important habitat and aggregation areas (by North Carolina State, Duke, and Oregon State Universities, and BRI).
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