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Wind Turbine Impacts on Birds and Bats: 2016 Summary Now Available

(July 11, 2016) AWWI is pleased to release the 2016 update of Wind Turbine Interactions with Wildlife and their Habitats: A Summary of Research Results and Priority Questions. This document presents current scientific knowledge about the impacts of wind turbines on birds and bats in North America and how to avoid and minimize these impacts.......

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EverPower Wind Holdings and Xcel Energy Join a Vibrant AWWI

(June 9, 2016) AWWI is delighted to announce that EverPower Wind Holdings and Xcel Energy have joined AWWI for the remainder of 2016 as Friends, bringing the AWWI wind-wildlife partnership to yet another record level this year. With EverPower Wind Holdings and Xcel Energy’s decision to join, AWWI now includes 23 wind energy companies and......

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Predicting Eagles Collisions with Wind Turbines: The Science Just Got Better

(June 7, 2016) How can wildlife agencies, conservationists and wind energy developers predict the likelihood that an eagle will collide with a wind turbine?  A new scientific paper, sponsored by AWWI and undertaken by West, Inc., helps us answer that question by updating the model currently in use to predict such eagle “take.” “Accurately predicting......

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AWWI Bat Issue Brief Now Available

(May 31, 2016) Essential information about bats and wind energy is now at your fingertips thanks to this new brief from AWWI. Learn about bat species that occur in the U.S. and Canada (including two species that feed on nectar, not insects); bat interactions with wind turbines (three species of migratory tree-roosting bats, which forage for insects......

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AWWI in the News: Partnering for Success

(May 12, 2016) North American Windpower, the wind energy trade publication, is running in its May issue an article by AWWI’s Abby Arnold. Abby’s article shows how the AWWI collaborative model has proven its worth in terms of process and results. The article also argues that the collaborative approach can provide the basis for the much......

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Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Call for Abstracts Now Available

(May 9, 2016) The siting and operation of wind energy continues to expand in the U.S. and around the world. The science, policy, and technology of wind energy’s interactions with wildlife and wildlife habitats are also expanding at a rapid pace, including: the release of new rules, operational requirements, permit programs, and conservation guidance for......

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Events

Jul
18
Tue
NWCC Webinar: Summary and Synthesis of the Latest Knowledge on Wind Energy and Wildlife
Jul 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

In conjunction with the upcoming release of AWWI’s 2017 update to “Wind Turbine Interactions with Wildlife and Their Habitats: A Summary of Research Results and Priority Questions,” this webinar will present a summary and synthesis of current knowledge and recent findings on wind energy and wildlife. The webinar will feature the following topics and presenters:

  • Migratory Birds and Raptors (Ian Evans and Taber Allison, AWWI)
  • Bats (Cris Hein, Bat Conservation International)
  • Prairie Grouse/Grassland Birds (Chad LeBeau, Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc.)
  • Introduction to Upcoming Wind & Wildlife Workshop (Davia Palmeri, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies)

Sign up on the NWCC Website.

Aug
6
Sun
Ecological Society of America Conference, Portland OR
Aug 6 – Aug 11 all-day

Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world
Biodiversity is the foundation for almost all ecosystem services. The known relationships, though, between biodiversity and material cycling may or may not inform the translation into ecosystem services. As the concept of the ecosystem service is of interest not only to scientists but also to policy makers and stakeholders, understanding the relationship between these three components is essential. The 102nd annual meeting will support sessions that focus on and explore, in general, how biodiversity is the foundation for many ecosystem services, how ecosystem functioning can translate into ecosystem services, and the role different dimensions of biodiversity play in developing such understanding.

Sep
6
Wed
Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts @ Estoril Congress Centre
Sep 6 – Sep 8 all-day

The 4th Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts (CWW 2017) will be held in Estoril, Portugal on 6 – 8 September, 2017.

Despite significant advances in recent years in our understanding of the impacts of wind energy on wildlife, challenges remain regarding planning and policy, assessment of direct and indirect effects on wildlife, methodological approaches, technology development, and mitigation strategies and their effectiveness. The CWW 2017 aims to maintain and promote the international cooperation among researchers, developers, regulators and stakeholders that over the years have contributed to building knowledge on this topic.

Based on the success of previous conferences, organizers expect to reach over 300 participants representing private and public companies, universities, professional groups and governmental agencies worldwide. The conference venue will include ample space for technical sessions as well as an exhibition area where developers, technology suppliers and other members of the industry can present their services and products.

Visit the CWW event website here.

Sep
10
Sun
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) 107th Annual Meeting, Sandy UT
Sep 10 – Sep 13 all-day

This annual event provides a forum for conservation leadership and brings together more than 700 leaders from fish and wildlife agencies and conservation groups from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canada and Mexico in order to discuss conservation policy and management issues and accomplishments. Attendees include key decision makers in the field of fish and wildlife, including; directors, assistant directors, program managers, and others involved in fisheries, wildlife habitat, law enforcement, legal affairs, industry, as well as public affairs (information and education).

Highlights of the event include collaborative committee and working group meetings, thought-provoking Plenary Session, recognition of outstanding achievements at the Awards Banquet, Welcome and Reception, and plenty of social and networking opportunities.

 

Sep
23
Sat
The Wildlife Society (TWS) 24th Annual Conference, Albuquerque NM
Sep 23 – Sep 27 all-day

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.

Oct
9
Mon
Wind and Wildlife Workshop sponsored by AFWA, BCI, AWWI, and NREL, Broomfield CO
Oct 9 all-day

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SAVE THE DATE!!! WIND & WILDLIFE WORKSHOP, Week of October 9, 2017

Sponsored by Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Bat Conservation International, American Wind Wildlife Institute, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
This is a classroom and field based workshop held at NREL’s National Wind Technology Center in Broomfield, CO, 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:

    • Pre-construction surveys
    • Post-construction fatality monitoring
    • Fatality estimators
    • Thermal and near-infrared videography
    • Impact reduction strategies and mitigation options

Attendees will gain hands-on experience using these techniques and field equipment at actual wind turbines. In addition, attendees will get practical experience using the latest software to estimate bird and bat fatalities.

The workshop agenda, registration, and hotel information will be distributed by mid-July. For immediate notification once this information is available, email Rebecca Patterson (rpatterson@batcon.org) to be added to the Wind and Wildlife Workshop email list.

Nov
7
Tue
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Fall Symposium, Albuquerque NM
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day

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.

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