The nonprofit Avian Conservation Center in Awendaw, S.C., carries out a number of missions, including scientific research into avian genetics and ongoing studies of endangered and threatened species.
In September, the Center's 50kW Furuno FR2155 Radar, vital to its mission of tracking the migration patterns of birds of prey, needed a new Microwave Integrated Circuit.
Without this important component, the center would be unable to continue its ongoing research into raptor migration and help raise public awareness of ecological issues so people will actively contribute to wildlife conservation efforts.
The Center's director of development, Daniel Prohaska, reached out to Furuno USA to discuss their options.
Prohaska learned that the component could not be repaired, and, unfortunately, the replacement MIC they needed was no longer available. The model FR2155 Radar, introduced in 1999, had not been sold by Furuno for nearly 15 years.
However, recognizing the vital need of this equipment for the Centers continuing research, Furuno technicians sought out and secured a replacement MIC from their own spares.
This replacement component, provided free of charge, revived the aging FR2155 Radar, thus ensuring the Avian Conservation Center could continue their research into raptor migration.
In a letter to Furuno USA, Daniel said, "Furuno's generosity and thoughtful support has allowed us to preserve a unique scientific and educational opportunity for South Carolina,” wrote Prohaska in a letter to Furuno, according to the company. “Because of your help, the center has improved the quality of its contribution to international raptor migration research and can continue to share this novel technology."
The international scientific community relies upon the research conducted by the Avian Conservation Center, as does a growing audience of more than 10,000 students each year.
The Avian Conservation Center and The Center for Birds of Prey is open to the public, offering visitors a unique insight into the lives and impressive adaptations of nearly 50 species of birds of prey.
Guided walking tours, flight demonstrations, photographic opportunities, and other exhibitions are all available, and all proceeds support the Avian Conservation Center's ongoing mission.