This presentation provides an overview of the current understanding of bat activity in coastal and offshore environments. Data sources include pertinent historic observations and existing scientific literature as well as results to date of ongoing acoustic studies being conducted by Stantec over multiple years within the Gulf of Maine, Great Lakes, and mid-Atlantic coastal states regions, with all sites reporting at least seasonal bat activity to date. Trends in terms of the timing and magnitude of seasonal movements of bat guilds and individual species are presented on a local site and regional basis. How movements of longer-distant migratory bat species in the offshore compares to non-migratory, overwintering species is also offered. Information and findings are presented so as to better inform participants of the seasonal activities and migration movements of bats relative to risks associated with the development of offshore wind energy.
Presented by Steve Pelletier, Principal Scientist, Environmental Services, Stantec
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