Wind-power development in the United States is increasing at a growing rate, with proposals to provide 20 percent of the country’s total power by 2030.Â But high numbers of bird and bat carcasses at some wind farms have raised concerns about the environmental impacts of this rapidly expanding industry. The U.S. Geological Survey invites the public to our July Evening Public Lecture, where USGS researcher Manuela Huso will give a talk titled âWind Energy and Wildlife.â She will discuss why simple counts of carcasses beneath wind turbines do not provide reliable fatality estimates and what tools USGS scientists are developing to accurately estimate wildlife fatalities and help identify options for monitoring and mitigation.
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012 â˘ 7-8pm
Speaker: Manuela Huso
Location: 345 Middlefield Road, Building 3 Auditorium, second floor, Menlo Park, CA 94025
FREE and Open to the Public
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