Proceedings of the Wind-Wildlife Research Meeting XI

Conference Paper

Title: Proceedings of the Wind-Wildlife Research Meeting XI
Authors: Schwartz, S.
Publication Date:
May 01, 2017
Conference Name: NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting XI
Conference Location: Broomfield, CO
Pages: 164
Publisher: American Wind Wildlife Institute

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Schwartz, S. (2017). Proceedings of the Wind-Wildlife Research Meeting XI. Paper Presented at the NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting XI, Broomfield, CO.

The biennial Wind Wildlife Research Meeting provides an internationally recognized forum for researchers and wind-wildlife stakeholders to hear contributed papers, view research posters, and listen to panels that synthesize the most recent wind power-related wildlife research. Academics, researchers, conservation scientists, consultants, federal and state officials, NGO representatives, and wind industry professionals come together every other year for this unique opportunity. The meeting is organized and presented by the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI).


Wind energy’s ability to generate electricity without carbon emissions will help reduce the potentially catastrophic effects of unlimited climate change on wildlife. Wind energy also provides several other environmental benefits including substantially reduced water withdrawals and consumption, mercury emissions, and other sources of air and water pollution associated with burning fossil fuels. Adverse impacts of wind energy facilities to wildlife, particularly to individual birds and bats, have been documented. Impacts to wildlife populations have not been documented, but the potential for biologically significant impacts continue to be a source of concern for some species that are experiencing long-term declines because of habitat loss and fragmentation, disease, non-native invasive species, and increased mortality from numerous anthropogenic activities. These proceedings document current research pertaining to wind energy and wildlife impacts and innovations in technologies and methods to address these impacts, including: understanding risk, demographic impacts, fatality estimation, detection and deterrence technologies, and impact minimization and mitigation. Because of concentrated investment in detection and deterrent technologies, presentations documented progress being made to minimize impacts in a meaningful way. 


Topics Covered in these Proceedings:

  • Framework for Policy Questions Going Forward
  • Raptors & Wind Energy: Lessons Learned from Altamont, Estimating Origins & Fatalities
    • U.S. Raptor Mortality Estimates from Wind Energy for the U.S. - Presented by: Wallace Erickson, Western EcoSystems Technology (WEST), Inc.
    • Scientific Insights and Lessons Learned from the 9-year Monitoring Program in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area - Presented by: Douglas Leslie, ICF International
  • Golden Eagles & Wind Energy: Prediciting Interactions, Migratory Corridors & Range, & More
    • Response of Golden Eagle Flight Altitude to Topographic Variation in California and Implications for Potential for Wind-Wildlife Interactions - Presented by: Adam Duerr, Division of Forestry & Natural Resources, West Virginia University
    • Genomic Resources for the Management and Conservation of Bald and Golden Eagles - Presented by: Ronald Van Den Bussche, Oklahoma State University
    • Golden Eagle Migration Corridors along the Rocky Mountain Front and Intermountain Flyways - Presented by: Adam Shreading, Raptor View Research Institute
    • Evaluating and Adapting Surveys designed to Predict Wind-Wildlife Interactions: a Simulation Approach Focused on Golden Eagles - Presented by: Todd Katzner, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
    • Overview of USFWS Western Golden Eagle Team Risk Assessment and Conservation Planning ProgramPresented by: Brian Woodbridge, US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Using Modeling to Inform Siting of Wind Energy at a Landscape Scale
  • Offshore Wind Energy
    • Exploring the Displacement of Seabirds from Offshore Wind Farms (OWFs) - Presented by: Fraser Carter, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
    • Responses of Marine Top Predators to an Offshore Wind Farm in UK Waters: Does Evidence Exist for Displacement? - Presented by: Nancy McLean, Natural Power
    • Collision and Displacement Vulnerability among Marine Birds of the California Current System Associated with Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure - Presented by: Emma C. Kelsey, U.S. Geological Survey
    • Satellite Tracking Highlights Use of Ocean Habitat by Diving Bird Species in Federal Waters of the US Mid-Atlantic - Presented by: Alicia Berlin, U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
    • Bats at Sea: A Final 6-Year Summary of Bat Monitoring on Islands, Offshore Structures, and Coastal Sites in the Gulf of Maine, Mid-Atlantic States, and Great Lakes Regions - Presented by: Steve Pelletier, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Innovative Approaches to Fatality Monitoring
    • Challenges with the Multitude of Fatality Estimators and the Need for a Generalized Estimator - Presented by: Cris Hein, Bat Conservation International
    • Area Correction Methods for Efficient Post-Construction Fatality Monitoring Studies - Presented by: Daniel Riser-Espinoza, Western EcoSystems Technology (WEST), Inc.
    • Developing an Operations Staff-Based Monitoring Protocol for Eagle Fatalities at Wind Energy Facilities - Presented by: Paul Rabie, Western EcoSystems Technology (WEST), Inc.
    • Wildlife Monitoring and Reporting System using Operations Personnel: 5-year Assessment - Presented by: Laura Nagy, Avangrid Renewables
  • Operational Mitigation: Strategies to Minimize Bat Fatalities
    • Bats in the Rotor Zone...Managing Risk with Acoustics - Presented by: Trevor Peterson, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.; University of Maine
    • Acoustic Bat Monitoring at a Southern Alberta Wind Farm - Presented by: Katrina Lukianchuk, Tannas Conservation Services Ltd.
    • Turbine Integrated Mortality Reduction for Bats - Presented by: Christine Sutter, Normandeau Associates
    • Smart Curtailment: Improving Efficiency by Using More Than Wind Speed - Presented by: Manuela Huso, U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
    • Multi-year Operational Minimization Study in West Virginia: Potential Novel Strategy to Reducing Bat Fatalities at Wind TurbinesPresented by: Michael Schirmacher, Bat Conservation International
  • Examining Species' Responses & Vulnerability to Wind Energy
  • Furthering Understanding of Siting & Assessment
  • Endangered Species Risk & Impact Estimation
  • Using Advanced Technologies to Study and Minimize Impacts
  • Research Priorities & Key Meeting Takeaways


Disclaimer: Some of the presentations described in the Proceedings of the Wind Wildlife Research Meeting XI may have been peer-reviewed independent of this meeting, but results should be considered preliminary. Information presented in this document may be cited, although communication with the author before doing so is highly recommended to ensure that the information cited is current. These proceedings do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Wind Wildlife Institute or the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative. AWWI expressly disclaims any warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied, and shall not be liable for damages of any kind in connection with the material, information, techniques, or procedures set forth in this publication.

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