Northwest Wind Energy and Wildlife Workshop
The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and others sponsored a Workshop to address Wind Energy and Wildlife in the Northwest.
Where? Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon
When? June 7 and 8, 2011. Wind Farm Field Trip to Moro, OR on June 9th
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Topics included State and National Guidelines, basics of electricity and transmission, trends and changes in industry, most-current information about potential effects to wildlife, ideas about minimization and mitigation, understanding monitoring, surveys, and contemporary research topics, and future and ongoing efforts to address these issues. Special attention will be given on migratory birds, eagles, ESA-listed species, and wildlife particularly susceptible to land-based wind and transmission, such as bats, eagles, and sage grouse. View the Agenda.
The audience included wildlife biologists working for state and federal agencies, tribes, consultants, and/or industries with special focus on those individuals not yet familiar with the basic regulations, constraints, logistics, and biological factors associated with these new industries. View the websites of Workshop attendees.