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Energy and Wildlife

Photo: Scientists have found that wind turbines are causing fatalities of certain species of migratory insect-eating bats. Credit: Paul Cryan, USGS.

Interest is booming in renewable energy sources, especially in the areas of wind, solar, and biofuels. Such energy sources have huge benefits, including diversification of the nation’s energy portfolio, new jobs, and potential reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Yet these energy sources sometimes have adverse effects on ecosystems and the wildlife that live in them, such as bats, birds, and reptiles and amphibians. More >>

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Ecosystems Science & Research Centers

Some of the 17 Ecosystems Science & Research Centers conduct energy and wildlife research. The following is not a comprehensive list.

Renewable Energy and Wildlife Research Topics

 


 

Recent Highlights

Golden Eagles

Homegrown Estimation of Occupancy, Breeding Success, and Abundance of Golden Eagles in the Diablo Range, CA - This method uses the spatial pattern of detections and non-detections over repeated visits to survey sites to estimate probabilities of occupancy and successful reproduction while accounting for imperfect detection of golden eagles and their young during surveys. The study results emphasize the importance of accounting for imperfect detection and spatial heterogeneity in studies of site occupancy, breeding success, and abundance of golden eagles. Read More >>

Ecosystems Science

long-tail duck
Photo: Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Photograph credit:Tonya Troxler, USGS.

Duck! Long-Tail Ducks Avoid Cape Wind Energy Project: Satellite tracking of long-tail ducks over three wintering seasons confirms that while they use the Nantucket Sound regularly in their daily movements, they did not use the area proposed for the Cape Wind Energy Project as a roosting site during the time frame of the study. Read the article >>

 

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