Can Software Stop Bird Strikes on Wind Farms?

To count birds now, a guy sits in a lawn chair. Two former Indiana students want to use machine vision to generate better data that will prevent birds from being killed.

There’s a common association in many people’s minds between wind turbines and dead birds. Opposition to new wind farms often centers on their hazards to raptors and other winged creatures, and yet for as advanced as wind energy technology itself has become, methods for tracking birds are astonishingly analog.

This issue is increasingly critical in light of new guidelines passed by the Fish and Wildlife Service that enforce the cessation of operations on wind farms that are found to have killed eagles, whooping cranes, and other endangered birds.

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