Webinars on the Latest Wind-Wildlife Research and Tools

NWCC/AWWI hosts quarterly webinars on the latest research and tools related to the interactions of wind energy, wildlife, and wildlife habitat.  The webinars include time for questions after each presentation. To receive the access information for upcoming webinars, please sign up.

If you are interested in sharing your work on a webinar, please contact Ian Evans.

Developing Technologies for Bat Detection and Deterrence at Wind Facilities

Wednesday, December 2, 2:00 – 3:30 pm (Eastern)

          Evaluating the Effectiveness of Ultrasonic Acoustic Deterrents in Reducing Bat Fatalities at Wind Energy Facilities

          Dr. Cris Hein, Wind Energy Program Director, Bat Conservation International

          Texturizing Wind Turbine Towers to Reduce Bat Mortality

          Dr. Amanda Hale, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Research Program, Texas Christian University

          Dr. Victoria Bennett, Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University

          Rotor-mounted, Ultrasonic Bat Impact Mitigation System

          Erick Rickards, Engineering Manager, Frontier Wind

          A Biomimetic Ultrasonic Whistle for Use as a Bat Deterrent on Wind Turbines

          Dr. Paul Sievert, Research Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

          Ultrasonic Bat Deterrent Technology

          Kevin Kinzie, Engineering Manager, General Electric Power & Water

The research presented in this webinar is being supported by a recent funding opportunity (Bat Impact Minimization Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities) from the U.S. Department of Energy. The webinar will include short presentations from each researcher and time for Q&A from viewers.

Webinar Sign-up

If you would like to attend the webinar, please sign up below. We will distribute access information to those who have signed up shortly before the webinar date.

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Tools for Sharing Information and Mapping Biodiversity

Tools For Sharing Information and Mapping Biodiversity

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)


Presentations included:

Overview of Avian Knowledge Network

New Tools for Balancing Wind Energy and Biodiversity Conservation in New York State

  • Cara Lee, The Nature Conservancy
  • Tim Howard and Matt Schlesinger, New York Natural Heritage Program
  • Presentation

Recent Syntheses of Research on Wind Energy, Bats, Terrestrial, and Marine Wildlife

Recent Syntheses of Research on Wind Energy, Bats, Terrestrial, and Marine Wildlife

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Assessing the state of knowledge of utility-scale wind energy development and operation on terrestrial and marine wildlife

Jeffrey E. Lovich, Research Ecologist, USGS

Impacts of wind energy development on bats: implications for conservation

Ed Arnett, Director of Center for Responsible Energy Development, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Erin Baerwald, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary

Eagle Research and Mitigation

Eagle Research and Mitigation

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dr. Taber Allison of the American Wind Wildlife Institute presented on AWWI’s work on eagles, including the recently released Eagle Research Framework and the development of a voluntary lead abatement model as an option for mitigation of eagle take.



Recently-Released Research on Wind Energy and Grassland Birds & Ducks

Recently-Released Research on Wind Energy and Grassland Birds & Ducks

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Presentations included:

Tier 1 Decision Support Tools

The Latest in Tier 1 Decision Support Tools

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Presentations included:

  • Summary of Recent Updates to the AWWI Landscape Assessment Tools
  • Western Governors’ Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool: Mapping Fish and Wildlife Across the West
  • Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Federation Decision Support Tools Catalog and Community of Practice (DSTCCP)
    • Shailendra Kumar, Consultant; Co-chair, ESIP Energy and Climate Work Group, 512-626-2339,
    • Presentation
    • Link to Catalog
    • If you would like to set up an account to contribute to the catalog as a tool developer or user, please email Kumar to request an account.

Grassland Birds and Wind Energy

Grassland Birds and Wind Energy: Presentations from NWCC’s Wind Wildlife Research Meeting IX

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Presentations included:

  • Effects of Wind Power Development on Greater Prairie-Chickens in Kansas
    • Brett K. Sandercock, Professor of Wildlife Biology, Division of Biology at Kansas State University
    • Presentation
    • Recording
  • Avoidance of wind turbines by grassland birds

Bats and Wind Energy

Bats and Wind Energy – Synthesis Presentations from NWCC’s Wind Wildlife Research Meeting IX

Monday, January 28, 2013


Presentations included:

  • Relating Pre-Construction Bat Activity and Post-Construction Fatality To Predict Risk at Wind Energy Facilities
    • Cris Hein, Wind Energy Program Coordinator at Bat Conservation International
    • Presentation
    • Note: Results presented are preliminary; additional data will be added and final report produced.
  • Operational Mitigation of Wind Turbine Generators To Avoid Bat Fatalities: A Synthesis of Existing Studies
    • Ed Arnett, Director of Center for Responsible Energy Development at Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
    • Presentation

Evaluating Collision Risk & Impacts of Energy Sprawl

October 18, 2011

Estimating Mortality, Bald Eagle Monitoring, and Marbled Murrelet Collision Risk Model

October 31, 2011

Note: AWWI does not endorse information shared by others during NWCC webinars. The webinars provide a forum for others to share their work for those who are interested. 

For an archive of previous NWCC webinars, click here.