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July 23, 2012
Amelia Barrales (650) 329-4000

Media Advisory: Wind, Energy and Wildlife

Free USGS Public Lecture July 26

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Wind, Energy and Wildlife flyer

MENLO PARK, Calif. — 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.  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 “Wind Energy and Wildlife.” 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.

Who: Manuela Huso, USGS Research Statistician

What: Wind Energy and Wildlife: The Challenges of Wind-Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation. Lecture on the challenges of balancing wind-energy development with wildlife conservation practices.

When: Thursday, July 26, 2012
Noon — Lecture preview for USGS employees and press
7 p.m. — Public lecture (also live-streamed over the Internet)


U.S. Geological Survey
Building 3 Auditorium, second floor
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

More information and directions: Online Calendar
Menlo Park Science Center Campus Map

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