Category: Alps Bats

Wind Industry Plans Serious Changes to Protect Bats

Migratory bats, for some reason, have a lethal attraction to wind turbines. Now, they may get help via “feathering.” New industry guidelines, to be announced Thursday, aim to save tens of thousands of bats each year by idling turbines at low wind speeds during peak bat migration season. They could reduce by a third the […]

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 in Alps Bats, Articles, Bats, California Bats, Cape Cod Bats, Texas Bats, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Wind Industry Plans Serious Changes to Protect Bats

Wind and Solar Facilities Killing Millions of Birds

The Institute of Energy Research reports on a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, showing every year 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors) and 888,000 bats are killed by wind turbines – 30 percent higher than the federal government estimated in 2009, due mainly to increasing wind power capacity across the nation. This is figure is likely […]

Bats at Greatest Risk from Turbines in Illinois

Bats are much more likely than birds to be killed or injured by wind turbines in Illinois, according to state data. “About 22,000 bats a year are killed by wind turbines,” said Keith Shank, who tracks wind turbine collisions and endangered species for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Shank said bats killed by wind […]

Take Permit Ruling Favors Local Wind Farm Project

A U.S. District Court judge ruled a federal agency was within its rights when it issued a take permit to a proposed Champaign County wind farm that critics said could harm an endangered bat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an incidental take permit to the Buckeye Wind Project in 2013, allowing the wind […]

Monday March 23rd, 2015 in Alps Bats, Articles, Bats, California Bats, Cape Cod Bats, News, Ohio, Texas Bats, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Take Permit Ruling Favors Local Wind Farm Project

A Much Welcomed Boost in Wind Wildlife Research Funds

The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Program includes $12.4 million to “improve the understanding of risks to sensitive wildlife species and develop technologies that can mitigate those risks.” This is an important acknowledgement of the nexus between wildlife issues and wind energy development. Congress should support it and the Department of […]

Monday March 9th, 2015 in Alps Bats, Alps Eagles, Articles, Bats, Birds, California Bats, California Eagles, Cape Cod Bats, Cape Cod Eagles, Eagles, Research, Texas Bats, Texas Eagles, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on A Much Welcomed Boost in Wind Wildlife Research Funds

Germany’s Wind Energy Threatens Migratory Bats

Not all things that are called “green” serve the purpose of nature conservation. Currently, many wind turbines are erected in Germany in order to increase the production of renewable energy by 30 percent until 2020. These turbines kill bats and are in conflict with national and international nature conservation legislation and international treaties such as […]

Wednesday February 11th, 2015 in Alps Bats, Bats, California Bats, Cape Cod Bats, Germany, Texas Bats, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Germany’s Wind Energy Threatens Migratory Bats

Lawsuit says: Wind Turbines Kill Eagles and Other Protected Species

Some residents of Garden Peninsula, a scenic Upper Peninsula community on Lake Michigan’s northern shore, say power-generating turbines have hurt their quality of life while killing birds, including eagles and other protected species, on migratory routes. The residents and Garden Peninsula Foundation have filed a federal lawsuit against Traverse City-based Heritage Sustainable Energy seeking damages […]

Thursday February 5th, 2015 in Alps Bats, Alps Eagles, Bats, Birds, California Bats, California Eagles, Cape Cod Bats, Cape Cod Eagles, Eagles, Michigan, Owls, Texas Bats, Texas Eagles, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Lawsuit says: Wind Turbines Kill Eagles and Other Protected Species

Bats Are Disappearing and Scientists Want to Know Why

The bat population has started to disappear and scientists want to know why. At least 90 percent of the Northeast species havebeen dying out, largely due to a fungus that attacks bats who hang out in caves. The fungus is called white-nose syndrome. The growing fungus is not the only reason bats are disappearing. Recently, […]

Sunday December 7th, 2014 in Alps Bats, Articles, Bats, California Bats, Cape Cod Bats, Indiana, Research, Texas Bats, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Bats Are Disappearing and Scientists Want to Know Why