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Chemical Fingerprints Help Track Down Bats Suffering Most From Wind Turbine Deaths

Chemical Fingerprints Help Track Down Bats Suffering Most From Wind Turbine Deaths | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
Researchers tracked down the origin of bats suffering from high rates of wind turbine-related deaths using the animals’ chemical fingerprints. This, they say, will help improve species conservation.
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Prioritizing Avian Species for Their Risk of Population-Level Consequences from Wind Energy Development

Recent growth in the wind energy industry has increased concerns about its impacts on wildlife populations. Direct impacts of wind energy include bird and bat collisions with turbines whereas indirect impacts include changes in wildlife habitat and behavior. Although many species may withstand these effects, species that are long-lived with low rates of reproduction, have specialized habitat preferences, or are attracted to turbines may be more prone to declines in population abundance. We developed a prioritization system to identify the avian species most likely to experience population declines from wind facilities based on their current conservation status and their expected risk from turbines. We developed 3 metrics of turbine risk that incorporate data on collision fatalities at wind facilities, population size, life history, species’ distributions relative to turbine locations, number of suitable habitat types, and species’ conservation status. We calculated at least 1 measure of turbine risk for 428 avian species that breed in the United States. We then simulated 100,000 random sets of cutoff criteria (i.e., the metric values used to assign species to different priority categories) for each turbine risk metric and for conservation status. For each set of criteria, we assigned each species a priority score and calculated the average priority score across all sets of criteria. Our prioritization system highlights both species that could potentially experience population decline caused by wind energy and species at low risk of population decline. For instance, several birds of prey, such as the long-eared owl, ferruginous hawk, Swainson’s hawk, and golden eagle, were at relatively high risk of population decline across a wide variety of cutoff values, whereas many passerines were at relatively low risk of decline. This prioritization system is a first step that will help researchers, conservationists, managers, and industry target future study and management activity.
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Wind power directly combats wildlife’s biggest threat — climate change | ☛ Free Electricity Free Power ☚

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Agency aims to reduce bird deaths

The federal Bureau of Land Management is taking steps to close open pipes and mining claim markers — which one conservation group called “death traps” — in order to protect birds and other small animals from getting stuck inside them. 
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Wind power directly combats wildlife's biggest threat -- climate change

When scientists look at the biggest threats to wildlife, they tell us there's no ambiguity about the number one danger: climate change.

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Habitat use of migratory bats killed during autumn at wind turbines - Voigt - 2016 - Ecological Applications - Wiley Online Library

Habitat use of migratory bats killed during autumn at wind turbines - Voigt - 2016 - Ecological Applications - Wiley Online Library | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
t use of migratory bats killed during autumn at wind turbines
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Barbour wind power facility sentenced to $30,000 fine for bird deaths

Barbour wind power facility sentenced to $30,000 fine for bird deaths | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
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CleanEnergy Footprints » Archive » GCAMP – Breaking barriers to offshore wind farm development for Georgia

CleanEnergy Footprints » Archive » GCAMP – Breaking barriers to offshore wind farm development for Georgia | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
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To Minimize Wind Power's Impact on Birds & Bats, The Dept. of Energy Can Use AWWI As A Model | Nathanael Greene's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

To Minimize Wind Power's Impact on Birds & Bats, The Dept. of Energy Can Use AWWI As A Model | Nathanael Greene's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy's new budget came out on Tuesday. And with it, came the prospect of continued funding--either through a line item or through its discretionary budget--for the study of wind power/wildlife conflict. That is, for the study of...
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Auburn’s eagles participate in Colorado wind technology research to help prevent bird strikes

Auburn’s eagles participate in Colorado wind technology research to help prevent bird strikes | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
The Auburn University eagles, trainers and a veterinarian are in the Colorado Rockies participating in research to help the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory develop a radar system to prevent bird strikes in wind turbines.
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Wind Energy Lobbyist: ‘Drastic Steps’ On Climate Change Or We’ll ‘Lose Up To 50% Of The Global Species In Our Generation’

Wind Energy Lobbyist: ‘Drastic Steps’ On Climate Change Or We’ll ‘Lose Up To 50% Of The Global Species In Our Generation’ | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
John Anderson, senior director forpermitting policy and environmentalaffairs at the American WindEnergy Association. (Penny Starr.)
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Offshore wind energy hearing draws support for alternative energy, wildlife concerns

Offshore wind energy hearing draws support for alternative energy, wildlife concerns | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
Developing wind energy offshore South Carolina’s coast will be a long and complicated project that could take as long as a decade, but if no private investors come forward to pay for the effort the entire process would be dead in the water.
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Can bats be protected from wind turbines?

Can bats be protected from wind turbines? | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
Research on bats being killed by wind turbines shows some effective ways to protect them.
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Anesco partners with RSPB to boost solar farm birds and bees

Anesco partners with RSPB to boost solar farm birds and bees | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
Energy services company Anesco joins forces with wildlife charity to increase numbers of birds, bees and butterflies at its solar sites,Solar ,Solar PV,Biodiversity,Wildlife
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Peatland scientists oppose 39-turbine Scottish wind farm - SeeNews Renewables

Peatland scientists oppose 39-turbine Scottish wind farm - SeeNews Renewables | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
March 4 (SeeNews) - Leading international peatland experts have called on Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing to reject the 39-turbine Strathy South wind farm in Sutherland, proposed by UK utility SSE Plc (LON:SSE). An open letter, signed by professor Hans Joosten, secretary-general of the International Mire Conservation Group, has been sent to the minister, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland said today.A public inquiry into the project located in the Flow Country area was completed in June 2015 and is now awaiting a decision by the Scottish government. The letter highlights the global importance of the peatlands of the Flow Country for biodiversity, carbon storage and their unique landscape value, according to the announcement. The area is being considered as a potential UNESCO World Heritage Site.RSPB Scotland is vehemently opposing the proposal. There have also been objections from the Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Buglife, Plantlife Scotland and the John Muir Trust.When SSE first submitted its Strathy South wind proposal in 2007 it was for a 77-turbine wind farm.
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Controversy as RSPB builds 100m wind turbine despite deadly threat to birds

Controversy as RSPB builds 100m wind turbine despite deadly threat to birds | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
Critics say energy-saving technology is a threat to rare species already
suffering from low numbers
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Wind farm will cause serious irreversible harm to wildlife, Tribunal finds

Wind farm will cause serious irreversible harm to wildlife, Tribunal finds | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
Wind Concerns Ontario is a province-wide advocacy organization whose mission is to provide information on the potential impact of industrial-scale wind power generation on the economy, human health, and the natural environment.
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IAATE talks winds turbines and birds

IAATE talks winds turbines and birds | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators are in the Magic City for their 2016 conference. 
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Bird collisions at an offshore platform in the North Sea

Bird collisions at an offshore platform in the North Sea | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Bird protections create legal hurdles for Cape Wind

The long-stalled offshore wind project planned for the coastal waters off Massachusetts could face even more legal roadblocks.
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Flying with eagles

Imagine that you can fly with eagles. Your journey starts in summer at the gateway to the Arctic in Canada’s Hudson Bay where trout are a delicacy. As bay waters
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RSPB plans ‘bat-friendly’ wind turbines at Bedfordshire HQ

RSPB plans ‘bat-friendly’ wind turbines at Bedfordshire HQ | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
The charity, known for its opposition to turbines, claims to have commissioned a model that will not threaten local pipistrelle and noctule bats
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Milestone Achieved for Lesser Prairie-Chicken with Wind Energy Partnership : The Birding Wire

Milestone Achieved for Lesser Prairie-Chicken with Wind Energy Partnership : The Birding Wire | Wind Energy and Wildlife | Scoop.it
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