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.Â
Extensive New Research on Bats
Bats are a species group that you will encounter
Wind Energy and Greater Sage-Grouse: Sage-Grouse Research Collaborative Results
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
2:00 â€“ 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:Â Joshua Millspaugh, University of Montana andÂ 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,
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.
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.
â€śThe research summarized here is key to understanding and minimizing the impacts of wind turbines on birds, bats, and other wildlife,â€ť said AWWI Director of Research and Evaluation
Webinar #8 in WREN (in cooperation with NYSERDA) Environmental Webinar Series
July 21, 2016 @ 15:00 – 16:30 UTC
Click here for details.
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.Â Read more.
Click here to read thisÂ 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.
The next WREN Environmental Webinar,Â Wind Energy Development Impacts on Marine Environment,Â 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.Â It will last roughly 90 minutes with time for questions and answers at the end.Â Presenters includeÂ Frank Thomsen, DHI, Denmark, andÂ Brandon Southall, Southall Environmental Associates.Â This webinar is part of International Energy Agencyâ€™s Wind Task 34 (also known as WREN â€“ 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 aÂ Funding Opportunity AnnouncementÂ (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.Â Register for the FOA webinarÂ on Monday, June 27 from 11â€“12pm EDT.
About: The biennial Wind Wildlife Research Meeting, November 29 – December 2, 2016 in Broomfield, CO, 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.
Abstracts: AWWI received a record number of abstracts for presentation at the meeting. Thank you to all who took time to prepare and submit abstracts for consideration. AWWI is coordinating expert review of all