From the BBC:
Bats at risk of being killed by the growing number of wind farms could be saved with the use of radars.
Bat deaths at wind farms are thought to exceed those of birds and it is feared some species could eventually become endangered if action is not taken.
Now researchers at Aberdeen University believe radar may be key.
They studied the behaviour of bats at radar installations and found they did not forage where electromagnetic radiation could be measured.
Bat experts Prof Paul Racey and Dr Barry Nicholls studied bats at various distances from 10 radar installations across Scotland.
See also here.
Baby bats in Britain: here.
Noctule bats found in Cornwall woodlands: here.
Eastern cave bats in Australia: here.
Birds and New Zealand wind farms: here.
Wind farms fall prey to demands of the golden eagle: here.
Animal stories 2 – birds, bats and wind turbines: here.
An interactive tool developed by researchers from the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) will help wind energy facility operators make informed decisions on efficient ways to reduce impacts on migratory bats: here.
2 Alaska refuges to get bird-friendly wind power: here.
April 2011: Dramatic footage of a wind turbine striking a bird has been released by American Bird Conservancy (ABC) as a poignant illustration of the dangers posed to birds by the burgeoning wind industry: here.
May 2011. A project to develop long high-performance blades for the next generation of large offshore wind turbines has been commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). Developers will be asked to design, build and test blades in excess of 90 metres long – each blade will be nearly the same height of Big Ben. However the ‘Request for Proposals’ ignores any possible impact on wildlife; in fact it doesn’t even bear a mention. Blades that are currently deployed offshore are between 40 and 60 metres long: here.
Seabirds and wind farms: here.
Schools of fish help squeeze more power from wind farms: here.
Fish and wind farms: here.
September 2011. RSPB Scotland has condemned a decision by a developer to appeal a second ruling by ministers to refuse consent for a wind farm as wholly irresponsible, and damaging to the industry’s green credentials. It is also a huge waste of money and a drain on precious public resources that are already under pressure: here.
Oil Companies Prosecuted for Avian Deaths but Wind Companies Kill Birds With Impunity: here.
November 2011: With the deaths of nearly 500 birds at the Laurel Mountain wind facility recently, three of the four wind farms operating in West Virginia have now experienced large bird fatality events, according to American Bird Conservancy (ABC): here.