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Research Meeting VIII


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The bi-annual Wind Wildlife Research Meeting features the latest research on wind and wildlife, including direct impacts, habitat impacts, and mitigation technologies and strategies.

To read about the 2010 meeting, please click here.

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Materials:

Proceedings: To read the final proceedings, click here.Research Meeting Proceedings VIII

Agenda: The meeting featured the following sessions and panels:

  • Setting the Stage
  • Fatality Impacts to Birds and Bats
  • Impacts to Wildlife Habitat and Behavior
  • Modeling
  • Cumulative and Landscape-Scale Impacts to Specific Species or Groups
  • Mitigation Techniques and Technology
  • Understanding of the Current Knowledge of Offshore Wind and Wildlife Issues
  • Research Priorities

To download the complete meeting program, which contains the agenda, please click here.

Participant List: To prevent spam, the participant list is not posted on the website.  

Speaker Bios

Abstracts

Meeting Cosponsors

Planning Committee

Call for Abstracts

Presentations:

Note: Some presentations contain proprietary or preliminary information and are not available for distribution.

Setting the Stage Panel

Albert Manville, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Michael Herder, Bureau of Land Management
John Anderson, American Wind Energy Association<
Tracey Librandi Mumma, Pennsylvania Game Commission
Genevieve Thompson, Audubon

Fatality Impacts to Birds and Bats

Part 1: Estimating Impacts

Updated Summary of Bird and Bat Fatalities from Wind-Energy Facilities

Kimberly Bay, WEST, Inc.

Bat Mortality at a Wind Farm in Southeastern Wisconsin (with a Special Focus on Investigating the Cause of Death for Bats Killed by Wind Turbines)

Steve Grodsky, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Estimating Bird and Bat Mortality at a Wind Energy Facility in North-Central Texas

Amanda Hale, Texas Christian University

Relationships Between Bat Fatality and Weather, Marine Radar, Anabat, and Night Vision Data at a Wind Energy Facility in the Midwest

Greg Johnson, WEST, Inc.

Are Flying Wildlife Attracted To (or Do They Avoid) Wind Turbines?

Ronald Larkin, Illinois Natural History Survey

Part 2: Statistical Analysis of Impacts

A New Statistical Method and a Web-Based Application for the Evaluation of the Scavenging Removal Correction Factor

Regina Bispo, ISPA-Instituto Universitário and CEAUL

Using Discriminant Function Analysis and Other Quantitative Techniques to Classify Bat Echolocation Calls

Jeffery Gruver, WEST, Inc.

Modeling the Relationship of Wildlife Fatality to Daily Weather or Activity Patterns: Statistical Design and Implementation Issues

Manuela Huso, Oregon State University

Spatio-temporal Assessment of White-tailed Eagle Collision Risk at the Smøla Onshore Wind Power Plant in Central Norway

Roel May, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

Impacts to Wildlife Habitat and Behavior

The Costs of Chronic Noise Exposure for Wildlife

Jesse Barber, Colorado State University

Response of Raptors to a Wisconsin Wind Farm

David Drake, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Night Migration Concentration Areas in Michigan and the Great Lakes: Knowledge Important to the Siting of Wind Farms and Other Tall Structures

Joelle Gehring, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Reproductive Success of Black-capped Vireos and Other Shrub-nesting Passerines in Relation to Distance from Wind Turbines  

Caleb Gordon, Pandion Systems, Inc.

Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Use and Population Demographics at the Simpson Ridge Wind Resource Area, Carbon County, Wyoming

Greg Johnson, WEST, Inc.

Modeling Habitat Distributions of Bats Using GIS: Wind Energy and Indiana Bats

Jason Jones, Tetra Tech EC, Inc.

Interactions Between Migratory Birds of Prey and Wind Turbines: Insights from Novel High Frequency GPS-GSM Telemetry

Todd Katzner, WVU and Cellular Tracking Technologies
Note: Posted presentation is a redacted version of the presentation given at the meeting.

Big Game Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned from Natural Gas Development in Wyoming

Hall Sawyer, WEST, Inc.

Comparison of Pre- and Post-construction Bald Eagle Use at the Pillar Mountain Wind Project, Kodiak, Alaska, Spring 2007 & 2010  

Lynn Sharp, Tetra Tech EC, Inc.

A Case Study of the Interaction Between Landscape Configuration and Wind Farm Visitation by Golden Eagles 

Junior Tremblay, MRNF

Modeling Panel

Overview of Modeling

Doug Johnson, USGS NPWRC

A Habitat-based Wind-Wildlife Risk Tool with Application to the Upper Great Plains Region

Greg Forcey, Pandion Systems, Inc.

Modeling Wind-industry Effects on Wildlife: Framing Concepts for Assessing Population Impacts

Joseph Grzybowski, University of Central Oklahoma

Estimating Population-level Risks for Wildlife from a Landscape Perspective: A Framework for Assessments at Wind Energy Facilities

Rob Pastorok, Integral Consulting, Inc

Suitable Framework and Scale for Modeling and Managing Risk to Migratory Bats at Wind Projects

Trevor Peterson, Stantec Consulting, Inc.

Critiques and Recommendations

Tony Starfield, University of Minnesota (emeritus)
Bill Kendall, USGS Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Cumulative and Landscape-scale Impacts to Specific Species or Group

Mitigation Techniques and Technology

Reducing Bat Fatalities At Wind Energy Facilities

Edward Arnett, Bat Conservation International

How Does the Accuracy of Data on Avian Movement Vary with Radar Methodology?

Marc d’Entremont, Stantec Consulting, Inc. and University of Northern British Columbia

Texas Gulf Coast Avian and Bat Fatality and Curtailment Approaches

Wally Erickson, WEST, Inc.

Is it Necessary to Adjust a Wind Farm Layout? A Proposal to Identify and Minimize Potential Impacts on Raptors and Soaring Birds

Ana Teresa Marques, Bio3, Lda.

Using a Predictive Indiana Bat Habitat Suitability Model to Inform a Tiered Curtailment Strategy for an Ohio Wind Power Project

Cara Meinke, Stantec Consulting, Inc.
Note: Posted presentation is a redacted version of the presentation given at the meeting.

A System to Avoid or Minimize and Offset Negative Impacts of Development on the Lesser Prairie-chicken through a Spatially-based Planning Tool, Promoting Voluntary Offsets and Targeted Conservation Work: A Multi-Entity Collaboration in Oklahoma

Chris O’Meilia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Understanding the Current Knowledge of Offshore Wind and Wildlife Issues

AWWI Research Priorities Panel

Panel Discussion:

  • Fatality: Amanda Hale, Texas Christian University
  • Cumulative: Doug Johnson, USGS NPWRC
  • Habitat/Behavior: Wally Erickson, WEST, Inc.
  • Mitigation: Ed Arnett, Bat Conservation International
  • Offshore: Jesper Kyed Larsen, Vattenfall Wind Power
  • Modeling: Anthony Starfield, University of Minnesota (emeritus)

Fatality Impacts to Birds and Bats

Direct Impacts to Birds and Bats at Four Wind Energy Facilities in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota
Kristen Chodachek, WEST, Inc.

A Simple a priori Risk Estimator for Wind Projects Using Daytime Abundance Observations
Caitlin Coberly, Merlin Environmental

A New Method for Reliable and Repeatable Searcher Efficiency for Post-construction Mortality Surveys at Wind Energy Locations
Benjamin Hale, Missouri State University

Predicting Bird and Bat Fatality Risk at Prospective Wind Farm Sites Using Acoustic-Ultrasonic Recorders
Kevin Heist, University of Minnesota

Migratory Flight Patterns and Movement of Birds and Bats in Relation to Observed Mortality at Wind Energy Facilities in the Montezuma Hills, California
Dave Johnston, H. T. Harvey & Associates

Mortality of Fledgling Hawks at Wind Projects
Patrick Kolar, Boise State University

Who Ran Off With My Data? Estimating Carcass Persistence and Scavenging Bias in a Human-influenced Landscape in Western Alaska
Ellen Lance, Anchorage Fish and Wildlife Field Office

Improvement of Bird and Bat Carcasses Detection on Wind Farms Using Wildlife Research Dogs
Miguel Mascarenhas, Bio3, Lda.

Bird and Bat Mortality Data in Portuguese Wind Farms – A Cumulative Analysis of 5 Years of Monitoring Surveys
Sílvia Mesquita, Bio3, Lda.

Combining Technologies to Assess Potential Impacts to Mexican Free-tailed Bats in Central Texas
Trevor Peterson, Stantec Consulting, Inc.

Analysis of the Effects of Take on the Indiana Bat Population at a Proposed Wind Energy Facility – to be posted on 11/15/2010
Shannon Romeling, Missouri State University

Evaluation of Operations Personnel for Long-term Monitoring of Bird and Bat Fatalities
Jerry Roppe, Iberdrola Renewables

Evaluation of Precision, Accuracy, and Cost of Fatality Estimation at Wind Facilities Following State and Federal Guidelines versus Other Monitoring Protocol
Michelle Sonnenberg, WEST, Inc.

Pre-construction Nocturnal Marine Radar Studies – What Have They Taught Us About Impact Assessments? 
David Tidhar, WEST Inc.

Poisson Regression for Count Data: Application to Bird and Bat Mortality at the Wind Farm La Venta II, Oaxaca, Mexico
Rafael Villegas-Patraca, Instituto de Ecología AC

Impacts to Wildlife Habitat and Behavior

Mitigating Effects of Wind Energy on Loggerhead Shrikes: A Spatial Habitat Model
Rob Bouta, Westwood Professional Services, Inc

Management Implications of Individual Variability in Sensitivity to Noise within Wildlife Populations
Jim Cummings, Acoustic Ecology Institute

Do Operational Turbines Create a Barrier to Waterfowl Movement in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America? 
Jason Jones, Tetra Tech EC, Inc.

Whooping and Sandhill Crane Behavior at an Operating Wind Farm
Laura Nagy, Tetra Tech

Assessing Golden Eagle Use of Wind Resource Areas Using Observational Data
Kenton Taylor, WEST, Inc.

Cumulative and Landscape-scale Impacts to Specific Species or Group

Predicting Wind Turbine Collision Mortality Using Spatial Models of Avian Abundance and Exposure
Greg Forcey, Pandion Systems, Inc.

Toward Landscape-scale Monitoring Guidelines for Wind Power Projects
David Maddox, Sound Science

Habitat Conservation Planning 201:  The Winds of Change
Kely Mertz, BHE Environmental

Estimating Population-level Risks for Wildlife from a Landscape Perspective
Rob Pastorok, Integral Consulting, Inc.

Suitable Framework and Scale for Modeling and Managing Risk to Migratory Bats at Wind Projects
Trevor Peterson, Stantec Consulting, Inc.

Wildlife Information for Decisions, Planning, and Operations of Wind Energy Resources
Jesse Schwartz, ICF International

Understanding the Current Knowledge of Offshore Wind and Wildlife Issues

Addressing Environmental Effects of Offshore Wind Development
Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A Simulation Model for Assessing Bird-Wind Turbine Collision Risk
Christopher Nations, WEST Inc.