Wind Wildlife Research Meeting XI

November 29 – December 2, 2016 ~ Omni Interlocken Hotel ~ Broomfield, Colorado


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.

Read about the 2016 Wind Wildlife Research Meeting XI here.

Meeting Proceedings

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The Proceedings of the Wind Wildlife Research Meeting capture and summarize the work of 37 presentations on research findings offering progress to wind-wildlife stakeholders and solutions that balance both wind energy development and wildlife conservation.

Many sessions focused on eagles, with presentations on range and migration, topographic siting, monitoring protocols, and advanced tools for detection and deterrence. Extensive new studies on bats included refined turbine curtailment strategies, methods for estimating fatality, offshore behavior, and population level impacts for specific species. The research summarized in these Proceedings shows a continued trend toward technological innovation as key to addressing wildlife impacts of wind development.

Disclaimer: AWWI strives for excellence when organizing the agenda for the Wind Wildlife Research Meeting, and each abstract submission is peer reviewed. However, authors represent their own work, and inclusion of in the meeting program and proceedings does not imply endorsement of the study or results by AWWI or others affiliated with the meeting. Much of the information presented in presentations is preliminary and should not be quoted or cited without permission from the authors.

Meeting Program

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Who Attended?

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.


Meeting Materials: Click here to access abstracts, presenter bios, and presentations available for download. Note that many presentations are not available for download as they may include proprietary or preliminary information.

Download a PDF of all abstracts.
Download a PDF of all presenter bios.

See the ‘Posters’ tab for a list of posters presented at the meeting.

Wednesday, November 30

7:30am         Breakfast

8:30am   Setting the Stage: Welcome & Opening Panel

Moderator: Abby Arnold, American Wind Wildlife Institute

  • Discussion around key issues in wind energy and wildlife for 2017 and beyond
  • Featuring
    • Jocelyn Brown-Saracino, U.S. Department of Energy, Wind and Water Power Technologies Office
    • Sam Enfield, Windline Development, LLC
    • Noah Matson, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    • Joy Page, Defenders of Wildlife
    • Scott Smith, Wyoming Game & Fish Department

10:05am   Raptors and Wind Energy – Lessons Learned from Altamont, Estimating Fatalities (Abstracts and Bios)

Moderator: Kimberly Peters, DNV GL Energy

  • U.S. Raptor Mortality Estimates from Wind Energy for the U.S. – Wally Erickson, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
  • Scientific Insights and Lessons Learned From the 9 Year Monitoring Program in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area – Douglas Leslie, ICF International

10:55am       Break and Light Refreshments

11:20am  Golden Eagles and Wind Energy – Predicting Interactions, Migratory Corridors and Range, and More (Abstracts and Bios)

Moderator: Mark Martell, Tetra Tech, Inc.

  • Response of Golden Eagle Flight Altitude to Topographic Variation in California and Implications for Potential for Wind-Wildlife Interactions – Adam Duerr, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Virginia University
  • Genomic Resources for the Management and Conservation of Bald and Golden Eagles – Ronald Van Den Bussche, Oklahoma State University
  • Golden Eagle Migration Corridors Along the Rocky Mountain Front and Intermountain Flyways – Adam Shreading, Raptor View Research Institute
  • Evaluating and Adapting Surveys Designed to Predict Wind-Wildlife Interactions: A Simulation Approach Focused on Golden Eagles – Todd Katzner, U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

12:45pm  Networking Lunch

2:05pm   Raptors, including Golden Eagles, and Wind Energy, cont. (Abstracts and Bios)

  • Overview of USFWS Western Golden Eagle Team Risk Assessment and Conservation Planning Program – Brian Woodbridge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2:50pm   Using Modeling to Inform Siting of Wind Energy at a Landscape Scale (Abstracts and Bios)

Moderator: Taber Allison, American Wind Wildlife Institute

  • Low Ecological Risk Wind Energy Development Areas Analysis Jim Hays, The Nature Conservancy
  • Using a Landscape Design Conservation Planning Process to Assess and Plan for Wind Energy Development in the Western Great Plains, USA – Anne Bartuszevige, Playa Lakes Joint Venture

Break, and Light Refreshments

3:35pm   Poster Session (Abstracts and Bios)

  • Dedicated time for attendees to engage with poster presenters

4:15pm   Offshore Wind Energy (Abstracts and Bios)

Moderator: Kate Williams, Biodiversity Research Institute

  • Exploring the Displacement of Seabirds From Offshore Wind Farms – Fraser Carter, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Responses of Marine Top Predators to an Offshore Wind Farm in UK Waters: Does Evidence Exist for Displacement? – Nancy McLean, Natural Power
  • Collision and Displacement Vulnerability among Marine Birds of the California Current System Associated with Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure – Emily Kelsey, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Satellite Tracking Highlights Use of Ocean Habitat by Diving Bird Species in Federal Waters of the US Mid-Atlantic – Alicia Berlin, U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • Bats at Sea: A Final 6-Year Summary of Bat Monitoring on Islands, Offshore Structures, and Coastal Sites in the Gulf of Maine, Mid-Atlantic States, and Great Lakes Regions – Steve Pelletier, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

6:00pm   Poster Session and Reception (Poster Abstracts and Bios)

Thursday, December 1

7:30am         Breakfast

8:30am   Innovative Approaches to Fatality Monitoring (Abstracts and Bios)

Moderator: Wally Erickson, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.

  • Challenges with the Multitude of Fatality Estimators and the Need for a Generalized Estimator – Cris Hein, Bat Conservation International
  • Area Correction Methods for Efficient Post-Construction Fatality Monitoring Studies – Danny Riser-Espinoza, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
  • Developing an Operations Staff-Based Monitoring Protocol for Eagle Fatalities at Wind Energy Facilities – Paul Rabie, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
  • Wildlife Monitoring and Reporting System Using Operations Personnel: 5-year Assessment – Jerry Roppe, AVANGRID, Inc.

10:05am       Break and Refreshments

10:25am  Operational Mitigation — Assessing and Refining ‘Curtailment’ Strategies to Minimize Bat Fatalities (Abstracts and Bios)

Moderator: Ed Arnett, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Acoustic-Based Curtailment

  • Bats in the Rotor Zone…Managing Risk with Acoustics – Trevor Peterson, Stantec Consulting Services Inc./University of Maine
  • Acoustic Bat Monitoring at a Southern Alberta Wind Farm – Katrina Lukianchuk, Tannas Conservation Services Ltd.
  • Turbine Integrated Mortality Reduction for Bats – Christine Sutter, Normandeau Associates


  • Effectiveness of Cut-in Speed Adjustments on Reducing Impacts to Mexican Free-tailed Bats at a Wind Energy Facility in Nevada – Joel Thompson, Western Ecosytems Technology, Inc.
  • Smart Curtailment: Improving Efficiency by Using More Than Wind Speed – Manuela Huso, U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
  • Multi-Year Operational Minimization Study in West Virginia: Potential Novel Strategy to Reducing Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines – Michael Schirmacher, Bat Conservation International

12:35pm  Please pick up lunch and return to the meeting room for presentation

1:15pm   Contributing to a National Wind-Wildlife Research Plan

Taber Allison & Abby Arnold, American Wind Wildlife Institute

  • Interactive Session on key wind-wildlife research priorities 

2:00pm   Examining Species’ Responses and Vulnerability to Wind Energy (Abstracts and Bios)

Moderator: Ryan Zimmerling, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada

  • An Evaluation of Potential Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) Responses to Wind Energy Development in North-Central Arizona – Martin Piorkowski, Arizona Game and Fish Department
  • Modelling the Impact of Wind Energy on Hoary Bat Populations – Erin Baerwald, American Wind Wildlife Institute
  • The Effects of a Wind Energy Development on a Greater Sage-Grouse Population – Chad LeBeau, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.

Break, and Light Refreshments

3:05pm   Poster Session (Abstracts and Bios)

  • Dedicated time for attendees to engage with poster presenters

3:55pm   Furthering Understanding of Siting and Assessment (Abstracts and Bios)

Moderator: Amanda Hale, Texas Christian University

  • Avian Mortality at Three Wind Energy Facilities on the Gulf Coast of Texas – Elizabeth Baumgartner, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
  • Challenges in Quantifying the Effectiveness of Impact Avoidance and Minimization Measures and Potential Solutions – Julie Garvin, Tetra Tech
  • Managing Wind Farms – What is the Role of Adaptive Management? – Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

5:00pm   Poster Session and Reception (Poster Abstracts and Bios)

Friday, December 2

7:30am         Breakfast

8:30am   Endangered Species Risk and Impact Estimation (Abstracts and Bios)

Moderator: Corey Duberstein, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Flight Response to Topographic, Vegetative, and Temporal Correlates Predicts Risk from Wind Turbines to an Obligate-Soaring Bird, the California Condor – Sharon Poessel, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Spring Migration of Indiana Bats (Myotis sodalis) and What It Means for the Wind Industry – Piper Roby, Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc.
  • Estimating Inter-annual Variability in Project Take for Rare Events – Jonathan Plissner, Tetra Tech

9:45am         Break

10:05am  Using Advanced Technologies to Study and Minimize Impacts (Abstracts and Bios)

Moderator: Chris Farmer, DNV GL Energy

  • Stereo-optic High Definition Imaging: A Technology to Understand Bird Avoidance of Wind Turbines – Evan Adams, Biodiversity Research Institute
  • Heterogeneous Sensor Fusion for Autonomous Detection of Wildlife Collisions with Wind Turbines – Roberto Albertani, Oregon State University
  • Ultraviolet Illumination as a Means of Reducing Bat Activity at Wind Turbines – Paul Cryan, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center
  • Reduction Of Eagle Take At Windfarms Through Machine Vision Enhanced Informed Curtailment – Tom Hiester, Renewable Energy Systems

11:35am  Closing Discussion: Research Priorities and Key Meeting Takeaways

  • Facilitated Discussion

Poster Presentations

Meeting Materials: Click here to access abstracts, presenter bios, and posters available for download. Note that many presentations are not available for download as they may include proprietary or preliminary information.

Download a PDF of all abstracts.
Download a PDF of all presenter bios.

Assessing Risk to Birds & Bats

Bats & Wind Energy

Compensatory Mitigation

Detection & Deterrent Technologies

Estimating Impacts to Birds & Bats

Offshore Wind Energy

Raptors & Wind Energy

Workshop: International Exchange on Wind Energy and Wildlife

Presented in Collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Tuesday, November 29, 1:00 – 5:00pm

Separate registration required. See registration tab for more details.

Draft Agenda

(View the agenda as a PDF)

Goal: To provide an opportunity to share information and engage in discussions on wind energy and wildlife among representatives from the international community, with a focus on identifying (1) priority questions in various countries and regions and (2) opportunities for future dialogue and activities.

Information and discussion will be captured and notes circulated to all attendees.

1:00 – 1:10pm Welcome, Agenda Review AWWI
1:10 – 2:15pm Setting the Stage: Existing International Exchange/Collaborative Efforts:

Background presentations from representatives involved in existing international collaborative groups and activities – their goals, countries and organizations involved, findings to date, etc.

  • IEA Wind Task 34 (WREN – Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy)
  • Bat Conservation International
  • International Finance Institutions
  • Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts (CWW)
Updates from:

  • Karin Sinclair, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (WREN)
  • Cris Hein, Bat Conservation International
  • Lori Anna Conzo, International Finance Corporation
  • More to be added soon!
2:15 – 2:45pm Round Robin of Information Sharing on Additional Efforts/Institutions/Resources Relevant Across Borders Facilitated by AWWI

Open to All

2:45 – 3:00pm Break & Refreshments
3:00 – 4:45pm Facilitated Discussion: Priority Wind-Wildlife Questions in Various Countries/Regions Represented at Workshop

  • Based on your role/perspective, what are the key priority wind-wildlife questions in the countries/regions you have knowledge of?
  • What are key similarities and differences?
  • What opportunities exist for future dialogue and activities?
Facilitated by AWWI

Volunteers will speak first to begin conversation  

4:45 – 5:00pm Closing Remarks and Adjourn AWWI


Registration rates for the 2016 are listed below.

Registration included breakfasts, lunches, snacks, receptions and meeting sessions and poster presentations.

Meeting Registration Rates Early Bird Price
(By October 14)
Regular Price
(After October 14)
General $575 $650
Non-profit/Government* $325 $375
AWWI 2016 Sustaining Partners – General
(the discounted rate may be used for up to 3 employees)
$525 $600
AWWI 2016 Sustaining Partners – Non-Profit
(the discounted rate may be used for up to 3 employees)
$275 $325
Speakers & Moderators** $250 $250

* Full-time students and college/university faculty may register using the non-profit/government rate.
**Unfortunately we are not able to offer discounted registration to poster presenters.

Optional International Exchange Workshop Registration Price
Afternoon of November 29 (~1:00 – 5:30pm)
Required an additional registration fee to attend. 
General: $100
Non-profit/Government: $75

Cancellations up to November 10 will be issued a refund minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received after November 10 will not be eligible for a refund but substitutions will be allowed.

Call for Abstracts

Click here to download the Call for Abstracts for oral presentations, panels, and posters for the 2016 meeting.

Disclaimer: The agenda for the Wind Wildlife Research Meeting XI was created based on an anonymous, blind peer-review process. Some of the presentations and research described in the meeting agenda may have been peer reviewed independent of this meeting, but results should be considered preliminary. Proceedings of the meeting will be released in spring 2017 for reference and citation, but individuals should communicate with presenters before citing individual presentations.

This agenda and the proceedings do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Wind Wildlife Institute or the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative. AWWI expressly disclaims any warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied, and shall not be liable for damages of any kind in connection with the material, information, techniques, or procedures set forth in the agenda or the proceedings.

Thank You 2016 Sponsors!

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Thank you also to AWWI’s 2016 Partners and Friends. Without your support of AWWI, a meeting of this caliber would not be possible.

AWWI is an independent 501(c)3 organization created and sustained by a unique partnership of leaders in the wind industry, wildlife management agencies, and science and environmental organizations who collaborate on a shared mission: to facilitate timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. AWWI is funded by contributions from individuals, NGOs, companies from the wind industry, and by government contracts.

NWCC is an open collaborative facilitated and managed by AWWI and co-funded by AWWI and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Technologies Program through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.