In Latin America there is a lack of scientific reports of bat mortality caused by wind farms operation. We report for the first time, clear evidence of bat mortalities from wind farms in Chile. We generated an ecological niche model of the affected species, Tadarida brasiliensis, to explore areas of potential species distribution overlapping with areas with distribution of wind farms in Chile. We found that T. brasiliensis potential distribution overlaps with the current and future distribution of wind farms in Chile. Rapid developments are currently being made within the wind energy industry in Chile. Future research should quantify the impact patterns of wind farms on wildlife, explore mitigation methods, and determine the areas with high biodiversity vulnerability in Chile.
First Report on Bat Mortalities on Wind Farms in Chile
Escobar, L.; Juarez, C.; Medina-Vogel, G.; Gonzalez, C. (2015). First Report on Bat Mortalities on Wind Farms in Chile. Gayana, 79(1), 11-17.