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Show simple item record McDonald, Dr. Trent 2020-05-13T16:59:17Z 2020-05-13T16:59:17Z 2020-03-12
dc.description Wind power generation capacity is increasing dramatically in the United States and worldwide. This emissions-free source of electricity is extremely beneficial to the war on carbon and global climate change. At the same time, we know wind power facilities can adversely effect the surrounding environment. Turbines can kill birds and bats through blade strike, and the presence of large turbines can visually pollute previously pristine vistas. While the population level effects of turbine-caused fatalities is unknown for both birds and bats, turbine-caused deaths should be reduced as far as economically feasible. Toward that end, mortality reduction measures are common at wind generation facilities. Mitigation of endangered species' deaths is a requirement for endangered species take permits under the federal Endangered Species Act. This talk is about three things. First, how we study bird and bat mortality at wind power generation facilities. The science behind finding carcasses under turbines and adjusting for ones we do not find is deceptively complex. Second, what we have learned about wind fatalities over the course of three decades. We can now quantify the mortality of some species, and we have learned strategies for reducing the mortality of some species, but quick omnibus solutions are frustratingly elusive. Lastly, where research in wind and wildlife interactions is going over the next decade. Advanced technologies, in the form of cameras, vibration sensors, hypersonic sound emitters, and beagles are exciting developments in the study of wind power and wildlife interactions. It is my hope that audience members come away with a better understanding of commercial wind power production, its effects on wildlife, and the science behind these studies. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.title Wind Power and Wildlife: How We Study Mortalities, What We Know, and Where We Are Going en_US
dc.type Recording, oral en_US
dc.type Video en_US

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