Session Detail

81."Bats and wind energy: Ecology, behavior, and methodology".
Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012, 1:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Session Description p align="center"> Bats and Wind Energy: Ecology, Behavior, and Methodology

Organizers: Laurie K. Allen, USGS, Reston, VA

Cris D. Hein, Bat Conservation International, Forest Grove, OR

Manuela Huso, USGS Forest Rangeland and Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, OR

Sponsor: US Geological Survey, Ecosystems Mission Area

Turbine related fatalities impact nearly a quarter of bat species occurring in the U.S. and Canada. Both bats and wind energy offer economic and environmental benefits. Finding timely solutions to minimize bat fatalities while developing wind energy production is critical. Bats are among the most difficult vertebrates to study and huge gaps remain in our understanding of the movements, behaviors, and habitat needs of many species, but particularly those most affected by wind turbines. Lack of this scientific information is affecting the ability of fish, wildlife and land management agencies to evaluate the environmental effects of proposed energy development. In the past few years, new methodological, conceptual, and technical breakthroughs have improved our understanding of the problem of bat fatalities at wind turbines and these advances chart a course for addressing this important conservation and management issue. Wildlife friendly wind energy development is important to society as a whole and a multi-tiered, science-based approach offers the best option for energy security and wildlife conservation. This symposium will identify priority research areas and present research and technology developments.

10/17/2012 1:30:00 PM
Carol Schuler, USGS, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, OR, Contact:

10/17/2012 1:30:00 PM
Laurie Allen, 1 Contact:

10/17/2012 1:30:00 PM
Cris Hein, 1 Contact:

10/17/2012 1:30:00 PM
1. Assessing impacts of wind energy development on bats: Priorities, opportunities, and challenges
Edward B. Arnett, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Dripping Springs, TX, Contact:

10/17/2012 1:50:00 PM
2. Absence of evidence or evidence of absence?
Manuela Huso1, Davd Dail2, 1US Geological Survey, Corvallis, OR, 2Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, Contact:

10/17/2012 2:10:00 PM
3. Understanding bat movements in relation to wind turbines using radar: challenges and opportunities
Robb Diehl, Todd Preston, USGS, Bozeman, MT, Contact:

10/17/2012 2:30:00 PM
4. Using echolocation monitoring to model bat occupancy and inform mitigations at wind energy facilities
Theodore J. Weller1, James A. Baldwin2, 1USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Arcata, CA, 2USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA, Contact:

10/17/2012 2:50:00 PM
5. Relating bat fatality to post-construction bat activity and weather patterns.
Cris Hein1, Manuela Huso2, Michael Schirmacher1, Ed Arnett3, 1Bat Conservation International, Austin, TX, 2USGS-Forest and Rangeland Ecosystems Science Center, Corvallis, OR, 3Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Parntership, Washington, DC, Contact:

10/17/2012 3:10:00 PM
6. Break
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National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO.

10/17/2012 3:40:00 PM
7. Monitoring bat activity at wind turbines with near infra-red videography.
Marcos Gorresen1, Paul Cryan2, Mark Hayes2, Manuela Huso3, Cris Hein4, Michael Schirmacher4, Frank Bonaccorso5, David Dalton6, 1University of Hawai`i at Hilo, Hilo, HI, 2U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins, CO, 3U.S. Geological Survey, Corvallis, OR, 4Bat Conservation International, Austin, TX, 5U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaii National Park, HI, 6Photometrics, Inc., Tucson, AZ, Contact:

10/17/2012 4:00:00 PM
8. Carcass ecology: forensic techniques shed light on the possible causes of bat susceptibility to turbines.
Paul Cryan1, Ernest Valdez2, Craig Stricker3, Michael Wunder4, Erin Baerwald5, Robert Barclay5, Joel Jameson6, Craig Willis6, Apple Snider7, Elizabeth Crichton8, 1USGS Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO, 2USGS Arid Lands Field Station-Fort Collins Science Center, Albuquerque, NM, 3USGS Stable Isotope and Gas Chemistry Laboratory, Denver, CO, 4University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, 5University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada; 6University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; 7US Forest Service, Steamboat Springs, CO, 8University of Queensland, Gatton, Australia. Contact:

10/17/2012 4:20:00 PM
9. Investigating the causes of death for wind turbine-associated bat fatalities.
David Drake1, Steven M. Grodsky2, Melissa J. Behr3, Andrew Gendler3, Byron D. Dieterle4, Robert J. Rudd5, Nicole L. Walrath3, 12North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 3University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 4Univeristy of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 5New York State Department of Health, Slingerlands, NY, Contact:

10/17/2012 4:40:00 PM
10. Providing context: Genetic approaches to understanding the implications of bat-wind power interactions .
Maarten Vonhof1, Amy L. Russell2, 1Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, Contact:

10/17/2012 5:00:00 PM
11. Do fatalities of bats from wind turbines represent a sustainable harvest?
Winifred Frick1, Taal Levi2, 1Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz, CA, 2Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, Contact:


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