Commercial wind turbines in northeastern B.C are killing endangered bats
Based on an extrapolation accounting for carcasses missed or scavenged, Hemmera estimated a total of 156 bats and 82 birds were killed by the turbines in 2010, a mean of 4.57 bats and 2.41 birds per turbine.
June 11, 2012
by Larry Pynn
in Vancouver Sun
Two species of bats considered federally endangered are being killed by commercial wind turbines in northeastern B.C.
B.C. Environmental Assessment Office documents related to Calgary-based AltaGas's Bear Mountain wind turbines at Dawson Creek show the operation killed an estimated 156 bats and 82 birds in 2010.
More than 40 per cent of the dead bats were either northern myotis or little brown myotis, both assessed last February as endangered by the federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
Bear Mountain opened in October 2009, connecting to the B.C. power grid as the province's first commercial wind turbine operation.
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