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. 

Extensive New Research on Bats

Bats are a species group that you will encounter throughout the meeting. Hear about new refinements to wind turbine curtailment strategies to minimize impacts to bats; innovative bat detection and deterrence technologies; methodologies for fatality estimations; challenges in assessing population-level impacts for certain species of bats; implications for the wind energy industry of the migration patterns of the endangered Indiana bat; bat behavior offshore on lakes and in coastal sea areas; and more. WWRM brings to you the latest and most forward-looking research on bats and wind energy!

The Posters May Steal the Show

With their fascinating findings, interactive discussions, and dazzling array of topics, this year’s Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Poster Presentations will sweep you off your feet (and give them a chance to walk around).

At dedicated intervals in the program, we will invite you to focus on poster presentations and talk with the authors. On view – and up for discussion with the presenting scientists – will be almost 60 posters on topics such as ” Bald Eagle Use of Agricultural Project Areas in Minnesota and Iowa: Where We See Eagles and Where We Don’t,” and “Expansion of WREN – An International Collaborative Under International Energy Agency Wind.”  Whether you glance at a poster to survey the latest research, or dive into the details with the presenter, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

The Latest Research on Eagles and Wind Energy

Eagles command a large share of the WWRM agenda, reflecting the high level of interest in these protected species. Almost a third of the meeting presentations and over 15 posters address one aspect or another of recent research on this topic. Hear about methodological and other insights from the Altamont that have widespread applicability today. Learn about biologically relevant boundaries in eagle species’ ranges; fine-tuning turbine siting for topographical factors; new data about eagle migration; detection and curtailment tools; monitoring protocols; and more. WWRM brings to you the latest, most relevant, and forward-looking research on eagles and wind energy!

Photo Credit: Wind Wildlife Research Meeting XI 2016 By AWWI