Skagit Audubon

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Raptors and Wind Energy Development

by Jim Watson

 Prog Wind Energy 16 11    Prog male GOEA 16 11   Wind Farm & Golden Eagle  

Photos by Jim Watson

Tuesday, November 8, 2016    
7:00 Social; 7:30 Program    
Padilla Bay Interpretive Center
10441 Bayview-Edison Road 

As a form of green energy, wind power continues to expand world-wide and is now making inroads into Western Washington.  Unfortunately, for birds and bats there is a side of wind power that is less than green, because it often results in their displacement from habitats or direct fatality from turbine strikes. Raptors are particularly vulnerable to these effects.  Join us as we review what the last 15 years of research of wind power/raptors in eastern Washington has taught us in regard to impacts to golden eagles and Buteos. We’ll provide an over-view on the state-of-the-art tools for avoiding or minimizing impacts to raptors, limitations to those tools, and the opportunities and challenges we face in western Washington with wind power development.

Jim Watson is a Wildlife Research Scientist with the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. His recent work evaluates impacts of wind energy and lead contaminants on golden eagles and ferruginous hawks


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