A method to assess the population-level consequences of wind energy facilities on bird and bat species

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Abstract

For this study, a methodology was developed for assessing impacts of wind energy generation on populations of birds and bats at regional to national scales. The approach combines existing methods in applied ecology for prioritizing species in terms of their potential risk from wind energy facilities and estimating impacts of fatalities on population status and trend caused by collisions with wind energy infrastructure. Methods include a qualitative prioritization approach, demographic models, and potential biological removal. The approach can be used to prioritize species in need of more thorough study as well as to identify species with minimal risk. However, the components of this methodology require simplifying assumptions and the data required may be unavailable or of poor quality for some species. These issues should be carefully considered before using the methodology. The approach will increase in value as more data become available and will broaden the understanding of anthropogenic sources of mortality on bird and bat populations.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title A method to assess the population-level consequences of wind energy facilities on bird and bat species
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-51272-3_4
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Publisher location Cham
Contributing office(s) Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Wind Energy and Wildlife Interactions
First page 65
Last page 76