PubTalk 7/2012 — Wind Energy and Wildlife
-- the challenges of wind-energy development and wildlife conservation
by Manuela Huso, Research Statistician
- Wind-power development in the United States is increasing exponentially, with proposals to provide 20% of the country's total power by 2030.
- High numbers of bird and bat carcasses at some wind farms have raised concerns about the environmental effects of this rapidly expanding industry.
- Why don't simple counts of carcasses beneath turbines provide reliable estimates of fatality?
- What tools are scientists developing to accurately estimate wildlife fatalities and help identity options for monitoring and mitigation?