Articles filed under Impact on Bats from USA

Protect Our Bats

Disease and heedless management of wind turbines are killing North America’s bats, with potentially devastating consequences for agriculture and human health. We have yet to find a cure for the disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has decimated populations of hibernating, cave-dwelling bats in the Northeast. But we can reduce the turbine threat significantly without dismantling them or shutting them down.
12 May 2014

Criterion employing conservation measures to protect bat population

Developing and implementing a habitat conservation plan is a requirement for obtaining an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act. Without such a permit, it is illegal to harm or kill federally threatened and endangered species. The plan and permit allow for projects that potentially impact threatened or endangered species to continue while the company takes actions to avoid, minimize and mitigate for the impacts.
3 Feb 2014

Ohio wind turbine project stopped near Lake Erie

A business park near the Camp Perry site already has put up a wind turbine, but it isn't operating yet. Kim Kauffman, director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, said they will be monitoring it. "If we were to learn it killed migrating birds or eagles, we would pursue legal action," she said. There are about 60 bald eagle nests within 10 miles of the wind turbine, she said.
1 Feb 2014

Bats, not easy to love, dying daily by thousands

But these are hard days for these peculiar animals, because they face mass extinction from a disease called White Nose Syndrome and every night thousands of are killed by energy-producing wind turbines that conservationists, economists and politicians hope will reduce this nation's need for foreign oil. A new study from the University of Colorado, Denver, estimates that 600,000 bats were killed by wind turbines last year alone.
25 Nov 2013

Bingham wind project review on hold

Bat mortality is a typical concern at wind energy farms and it is standard practice to evaluate bat habitats and mortality rates during project reviews. The Department of Environmental Protection, however, may be revising its recommendations on the turning speed of wind turbines, which can be a threat to birds and bats that fly into them.
18 Nov 2013

Wind turbines responsible for 600,000 bat deaths In 2012

More than a half-million bats were killed by flying into high-speed wind energy turbines last year, according to new research scheduled for publication next week in the journal BioScience. Previous estimates had said that the clean-energy producing mechanisms were responsible from between 33,000 to 880,000, but a new analysis of dead bats found at wind turbine sites conducted by University of Colorado-Denver researchers places that figure at over 600,000.
16 Nov 2013

New study ups estimate of wind turbine bat deaths

Little information is available on bat deaths at wind turbine facilities in the Rocky Mountain West or the Sierra Nevada, according to Mark Hayes, a University of Colorado, Boulder researcher who authored a new study, set to be published in the journal BioScience. “The development and expansion of wind energy facilities is a key threat to bat populations in North America,” Hayes said.
16 Nov 2013

Feds consider West Virginia wind farm permit to kill endangered bats

“The Sierra Club position is that we support wind energy ‘in appropriate sites,’ and that has to include siting considerations and engineering and operating conditions to minimize bird impacts,” said Jim Kotcon, conservation chair of the West Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club. “We should not be providing a blank check to wind farms, and they need to operate in an environmentally conscious way in order to retain their claim as ‘green energy’.”
14 Oct 2013

Lowell GMP, ANR reach deal on bat deaths

GMP will also continue to follow its certificate of public good which requires voluntary curtailment of turbine operation during calm or nearly calm summer evenings when bats are out hunting. The agreement gave GMP a permit allowing a handful of bats to be killed at the wind project each year, with the understanding that more bats would be saved through the mitigation funding than lost at the wind project.
20 Sep 2013

Radio tagging tracks birds for turbine planners

The technology lets researchers track all of the tagged birds on one frequency but identify them separately, including 600 birds and bats tagged by other researchers in the Gulf of Maine. ...The Nantucket Sound pilot project is designed to help researchers figure out what marine and coastal birds are doing and where they are doing it offshore, said Caleb Spiegel, a biologist with the wildlife service, which is supporting the work.
2 Sep 2013

Vt.'s GMP says saving bats would cost $4 million

On Thursday the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will hold a hearing in Lowell on Green Mountain Power's request to kill up to four of the bats a year at the Kingdom Community Wind site in Lowell. The request comes as bat populations in the Northeast have been decimated by a fungal disease called white nose syndrome.
18 Jun 2013
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