Argos USA Corporation

Black Vulture Management Program Martinsburg Plant

Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Black Vulture Research Study
Avian
Introduction
Argos USA Corporation's Black Vulture Management Program Martinsburg Plant is located in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The total site area is approximately 1,000 acres, with 200 acres consisting of rocky habitat used by black vultures. Regionally, the facility is approximately 85 miles west of the Chesapeake Bay, and the Potomac River corridor lies approximately 13 miles east of the plant. The goal of the wildlife program is to understand the movement and survival rates of black vultures in the regional Martinsburg area.

Practices and Impacts
  • The Martinsburg plant has partnered with the USDA, Air National Guard, and Conservation Science Global to conduct a mark-resight study of black vultures in the area.
  • Team members assist in the construction of traps for vulture capture, resulting in the tagging of hundreds of black vultures and analyzes GPS data to monitor black vulture movements.
  • Black vultures use the site for roosting and foraging, and their numbers have increased since 2017.

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