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Bird migration delays drone tests in south Jersey

8-5-14

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — Drone test flights in southern New Jersey are delayed in order to shield protected migratory birds.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology was set to begin testing drones at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May in July. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service postponed the testing until November.

NJIT professor Michael Chalmers tells The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/XA4uk2 ) officials blocked the flights to protect piping plovers and red knots that migrate to New Jersey coastal areas during the summer.

NJIT has permission to start drone tests at the Coast Guard center between Nov. 1 and March 15.

The college is working to develop drone technology for communications during storms or other catastrophic events.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com