NWCC Webinar: Summary and Synthesis of the Latest Knowledge on Wind Energy and Wildlife
Jul 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

In conjunction with the upcoming release of AWWI’s 2017 update to “Wind Turbine Interactions with Wildlife and Their Habitats: A Summary of Research Results and Priority Questions,” this webinar will present a summary and synthesis of current knowledge and recent findings on wind energy and wildlife. The webinar will feature the following topics and presenters:

  • Migratory Birds and Raptors (Ian Evans and Taber Allison, AWWI)
  • Bats (Cris Hein, Bat Conservation International)
  • Prairie Grouse/Grassland Birds (Chad LeBeau, Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc.)
  • Introduction to Upcoming Wind & Wildlife Workshop (Davia Palmeri, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies)


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Ecological Society of America Conference, Portland OR
Aug 6 – Aug 11 all-day

Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world
Biodiversity is the foundation for almost all ecosystem services. The known relationships, though, between biodiversity and material cycling may or may not inform the translation into ecosystem services. As the concept of the ecosystem service is of interest not only to scientists but also to policy makers and stakeholders, understanding the relationship between these three components is essential. The 102nd annual meeting will support sessions that focus on and explore, in general, how biodiversity is the foundation for many ecosystem services, how ecosystem functioning can translate into ecosystem services, and the role different dimensions of biodiversity play in developing such understanding.

Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts @ Estoril Congress Centre
Sep 6 – Sep 8 all-day

The 4th Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts (CWW 2017) will be held in Estoril, Portugal on 6 – 8 September, 2017.

Despite significant advances in recent years in our understanding of the impacts of wind energy on wildlife, challenges remain regarding planning and policy, assessment of direct and indirect effects on wildlife, methodological approaches, technology development, and mitigation strategies and their effectiveness. The CWW 2017 aims to maintain and promote the international cooperation among researchers, developers, regulators and stakeholders that over the years have contributed to building knowledge on this topic.

Based on the success of previous conferences, organizers expect to reach over 300 participants representing private and public companies, universities, professional groups and governmental agencies worldwide. The conference venue will include ample space for technical sessions as well as an exhibition area where developers, technology suppliers and other members of the industry can present their services and products.

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) 107th Annual Meeting, Sandy UT
Sep 10 – Sep 13 all-day

This annual event provides a forum for conservation leadership and brings together more than 700 leaders from fish and wildlife agencies and conservation groups from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canada and Mexico in order to discuss conservation policy and management issues and accomplishments. Attendees include key decision makers in the field of fish and wildlife, including; directors, assistant directors, program managers, and others involved in fisheries, wildlife habitat, law enforcement, legal affairs, industry, as well as public affairs (information and education).

Highlights of the event include collaborative committee and working group meetings, thought-provoking Plenary Session, recognition of outstanding achievements at the Awards Banquet, Welcome and Reception, and plenty of social and networking opportunities.

WREN Webinar: Upscaling Wind and Wildlife Individual Interactions to Population-Level Impacts
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Upscaling Wind and Wildlife Individual Interactions to Population-Level Impacts

Please join our webinar scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 15:00-16:30 UTC (8:00 am PT/11:00 am ET) developed as part of International Energy Agency’s Wind Task 34 (also known as WREN – Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy). This webinar series supports WREN’s goal to facilitate international collaboration that advances global understanding of environmental effects of offshore and land-based wind energy development.  Please feel free to forward this invite to others.

Speakers include:

  • Finlay Bennet, Marine Scotland Science
  • Kimberly Bay, WEST, Inc.
  • Shay Howlin, WEST, Inc.

Finlay will present a summary of a manuscript produced by the WREN collaborative on individual to population impacts. The manuscript provides an overview of how populations are defined, impacts measured, predicted and verified, and how impact thresholds can be applied for decision-making in the context of wind energy development.

Kim and Shay will present on WEST’s development of a quantitative assessment of the direct effects of wind energy on small passerines and diurnal raptors in North America.  In this assessment, they used advanced statistical analyses to estimate the annual rate of small passerines and diurnal raptor fatalities and provided an understanding of how wind energy directly effects species populations.

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In this 90 minute WREN webinar, each speaker will provide a 15-20 minute presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

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Speaker Biographies

Finlay Bennett is Team Leader of the Renewable Energy & Environmental Assessment Programme of Marine Scotland Science, which is part of the Scottish Government. He is a member of the WREN group and also chairs the ICES working group on assessing the effects of Marine Renewable Energy. He has been working on assessing the effects of wind energy development for over 15 years, previously working for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Scottish Natural Heritage, both statutory advisors to government on nature conservation issues.

Kimberly J. Bay has worked with WEST since 2001, first as a Data Technician, then a Biometrician/Data and Report Manager, and currently as a Project Manager. She received her B.S. in Mathematics/Statistics in 2000 and her M.S. in Statistics in 2003 from the University of Wyoming. As Data and Report Manager, Kim developed and managed several large cumulative databases, which enables WEST to utilize data regarding wind-wildlife interactions from over 20 years of research across the U.S. to assess potential risk or impact to wildlife from wind-energy development.

Shay Howlin has been a consulting biometrician for WEST since 1999. She received her B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. in Statistics from Oregon State University. As a biometrician for WEST, Shay has been involved primarily in ecological monitoring studies and analyses, designing and estimating resource selection functions, conducting data analyses for wildlife research, and analyses associated with natural resource damage assessment cases.

The Wildlife Society (TWS) 24th Annual Conference, Albuquerque NM
Sep 23 – Sep 27 all-day

Join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a unique and memorable TWS experience that will include up to 900 educational presentations, more than 40 networking events and plenty of engagement and learning opportunities in our TWS Members Activity Center.

Achieving effective results as a wildlife professional requires exposure to new thoughts and best practices. It requires an effective network of professionals and suppliers who have information and solutions you need. At this conference, learn, connect and engage in ways that will help propel your career forward and inspire you to strive for even better results in the areas of wildlife science and management that are important to you.

Wind & Wildlife Workshop sponsored by AFWA, BCI, AWWI, and NREL, Broomfield CO
Oct 10 – Oct 14 all-day

Registration is now open for the Wind & Wildlife Workshop, sponsored by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Bat Conservation International, American Wind Wildlife Institute, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, that will be held October 10-14, 2017, in Broomfield, CO. Register online now.

This is a classroom and field based workshop held at NREL’s National Wind Technology Center where attendees will learn about current techniques for studying the impacts of wind turbines on bats, grassland birds, and raptors. Expert instructors will lead discussions topics including:

  • Wind energy development and technology
  • Pre-construction surveys
  • Post-construction fatality monitoring
  • Fatality estimation
  • Thermal and near-infrared videography
  • Impact reduction strategies and mitigation options

Click here to register. Registration is open to anyone who is interested. This workshop will help individuals plan projects, implement field methods, interpret reports, and better understand wildlife and wind energy issues. The diversity of participants and instructors will provide multiple perspectives related to these issues. View the draft agenda here.

NASBR (North American Society for Bat Research) 2017 Knoxville, TN
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day

The 47th Annual NASBR Meeting will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, 18-21 October 2017 at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park. The hotel is located within a few minutes’ walk of downtown Knoxville, which is the proud epitome of Southern scruffy-chic culture with an abundance of restaurants, bars, music venues and other attractions. Registration for the 2017 conference will open in May. There will be a pre-conference tour and two pre-conference workshops. On Tuesday there will a through-hike to Mt. LeConte, the tallest mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On Wednesday, a next-generation DNA sequencing workshop targeting researchers new to the field will be offered on the University of Tennessee Campus. A workshop and field trip on the biology and roosting habits of small-footed bats will also be offered on Wednesday.

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER 2017, New York NY
Oct 24 – Oct 25 all-day

Since the initial offshore event launch nearly 10 years ago in 2008, the AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference program has cultivated a dedicated and thriving global community of top developers and experts, making it the largest gathering of offshore wind energy professionals in the United States.

Join AWEA in New York City for a timely and relevant educational program, top notch networking and hear exciting updates directly from developers working on the new 90MW wind farm off the coast of New York!

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Fall Symposium, Albuquerque NM
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day

The AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium sets the stage for sharing successes, strategies, and lessons-learned with your wind energy industry peers. This exclusive, top-tier event is one of the only venues where AWEA’s committees and Board of Directors convene face-to-face. It’s a ‘Who’s Who’ of those who are driving the wind energy industry forward. And as an attendee, you will receive premier education that arms you with information, industry trends, and innovations you need to operate in an ever-changing marketplace, giving you a competitive edge to advance your organization and enhance your career.

Raptor Research Foundation Conference, Salt Lake City UT
Nov 7 – Nov 12 all-day

The Raptor Research Foundation Conference focuses on raptor research and conservation. The 2017 conference is hosted by HawkWatch International (HWI), a Salt Lake City based non-profit dedicated to conserving birds of prey and the environment using science and education.