(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.
“The research summarized here is key to understanding and minimizing the impacts of wind turbines on birds, bats, and other wildlife,” said AWWI Director of Research and Evaluation Taber Allison. “At what levels and why do such impacts occur? What are we learning about technologies that have been proposed to avoid and minimize impacts? The research on such questions continues to expand and helps us design solutions to protect wildlife while developing and operating wind energy projects.”
Recent studies, summarized in this 2016 update, mostly confirm or refine previous findings, including:
In order to meet the highest level of scientific rigor, this Summary builds on peer-reviewed research and is itself reviewed by a team of scientific advisors.
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