fatalities have recently become an issue in the wind power industry
because fatalities have been documented at wind power sites where
post-construction bird studies have been conducted.
of these fatalities, various wildlife agencies and environmental
organizations have become interested in determining whether a
fatalities have been studied at nearly the same number of wind
power facilities as have bird fatalities. Data are now available
from more than a dozen wind plants across the U.S.
what we know about this issue:
numbers of bats involved are small at most wind plants, although
in Minnesota and Wyoming moderate numbers have been found.
of the bats involved in collisions with wind turbines were apparently
seven species of bats have been documented to collide with wind
involved are primarily common, tree-dwelling bats with widespread
or threatened species have not been involved.
impacts seem unlikely.
fatalities have not emerged as a significant issue at wind plants
bats may turn off their sonar causing them to fly
numbers of bats also collide with communication