Record-Setting NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Features Research on Progress and Solutions

The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) hosted another successful NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting the week of November 28, 2016, in Broomfield, CO. The meeting set a record for attendance, with over 400 registrants representing the wind industry, consulting sector, federal and state agencies, academia, and conservation organizations.
Over the three-day meeting, participants heard from 37 presentations and 60 posters, sharing and learning from the most recent science in the wind-wildlife community. “We’ve been doing this for more than twenty years,” began

December 12, 2016


Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Agenda Highlights

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. Read highlights from the agenda below.
Extensive New Research on Bats
Bats are a species group that you will encounter

November 7, 2016


Don’t Miss the November 9 NWCC Webinar on Wind Energy and Sage-Grouse

Wind Energy and Greater Sage-Grouse: Sage-Grouse Research Collaborative Results
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
2:00 – 3:30pm ET
Join us to hear results from the following two research projects overseen by the NWCC Sage-Grouse Research Collaborative:
Ecology of male Greater Sage-Grouse in relation to wind energy development in Wyoming
Presenters: Joshua Millspaugh, University of Montana and Chris Hansen, University of Missouri
Research Team: Joshua Millspaugh, University of Montana; Mark Rumble, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station; Scott Gamo, Wyoming Game and Fish Department; Chris Hansen and Aleshia Fremgen,

October 20, 2016


U.S. Department of Energy Request for Information: Wind Wildlife Operational Minimization and Compensatory Mitigation Research Needs

The Energy Department is inviting input from the public regarding a potential funding opportunity to

refine and improve wind turbine operational strategies for reducing impacts to bats and
validate tools for compensatory mitigation to help ensure that impacts to eagles at wind farms are offset by reductions in impacts outside of wind farms.

The deadline for responses is 12:00pm EDT on October 11, 2016.
Learn more about the Wind Wildlife Request for Information.

September 29, 2016


Wind Turbine Impacts on Birds and Bats: 2016 Summary Now Available

AWWI is pleased to release the 2016 update of Wind Turbine Interactions with Wildlife and their Habitats: A Summary of Research Results and Priority Questions. This document presents current scientific knowledge about the impacts of wind turbines on birds and bats in North America and how to avoid and minimize these impacts.
“The research summarized here is key to understanding and minimizing the impacts of wind turbines on birds, bats, and other wildlife,” said AWWI Director of Research and Evaluation

September 21, 2016


WREN Webinar on Assessing Marine and Avian Wildlife Off the New York Coast – July 21

Webinar #8 in WREN (in cooperation with NYSERDA) Environmental Webinar Series
July 21, 2016 @ 15:00 – 16:30 UTC
Click here for details.

July 11, 2016


Assessment of the USFWS Eagle Take Model Will Advance Risk Prediction Capabilities

A recent publication proposes refinements to the model currently used by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to predict eagle take (that is, harm or fatalities to eagles) from collisions with wind turbines. The peer-reviewed study was commissioned by AWWI as part of its Eagle Conservation and Mitigation Initiative. Read more.

June 27, 2016


AWWI Releases Issue Brief on Bats and Wind Energy

Click here to read this four-page brief, which includes essential information about bats and wind energy, including bat species that occur in the U.S. and Canada; bat interactions with wind turbines; legislation protecting bats; what we know about reducing bat fatalities from collisions with wind turbines; and what the future holds, particularly as wind expands in the Southeastern U.S. and turbines operate at lower wind speeds.

WREN Webinar on Wind Energy Development Impacts on Marine Environment – June 28

The next WREN Environmental Webinar, Wind Energy Development Impacts on Marine Environment, will discuss noise monitoring research and mitigation to help protect marine life from the impacts of wind energy development-related sounds produced during the building phases and types of foundations.  It will last roughly 90 minutes with time for questions and answers at the end. Presenters include Frank Thomsen, DHI, Denmark, and Brandon Southall, Southall Environmental Associates. This webinar is part of International Energy Agency’s Wind Task 34 (also known as WREN – Working Together

U.S. Department of Energy Funding Opportunity Announcement: Eagle Impact Minimization Technology Development and Field Testing Opportunities

The Energy Department’s Wind Program issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance the readiness of technologies intended to reduce eagle mortalities at operational wind turbines or wind facilities. This FOA aims to expand technical options available for further development and testing and support the field testing and evaluation of near-commercial technologies. Register for the FOA webinar on Monday, June 27 from 11–12pm EDT.