A DOE-sponsored research project found strong evidence that flying wildlife avoid or are attracted to commercial-scale wind turbines from a distance. Some nocturnally migrating birds avoid flying near turbines and few or none change flight paths to approach them. High-flying bats less often avoid flying near turbines and some are attracted to them from a distance, although bats’ flight paths were often complex and convoluted. The findings are being prepared for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal (Larkin, in prep 2013).
Are Flying Wildlife Attracted to (or do they Avoid) Wind Turbines?
Title: Are Flying Wildlife Attracted to (or do they Avoid) Wind Turbines?
March 31, 2010
Document Number: DOE-UIUC-00523-F
Larkin, R. (2010). Are Flying Wildlife Attracted to (or do they Avoid) Wind Turbines?. Report by University of Illinois. pp 71.