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.
- 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SEWC Conference January 25th, 2018
Please hold January 25, 2018 on your calendar for SEWC’s Southeast Wind Energy Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. SEWC, in partnership with AWEA, will be hosting a conference to present the most relevant updates and facilitate discussions around the most pressing issues relating to the advancement of wind energy in the region. We will follow up with more information on registration and an agenda as we finalize those details. Please contact Adam Forrer at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.