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JL
- 522 days ago - altamontsrc.org
Critical Research Sheds New Light on the Benefits of Mitigating Wind Impacts on Birds Thanks to the tenacity of Audubon chapters in California, new research has documented ways to reduce bird deaths at Altamont, the deadliest wind facility ever construct



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JL A. (272)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 8:08 am
Critical Research Sheds Light the Benefits of Mitigating Wind Impacts on Birds
Important new findings on the effectiveness of mitigation options in reducing collision mortality have been released using data collected at Altamont, the deadliest wind facility ever constructed in the U.S. Monitoring at the infamous site has documented fatality reductions of 32-57% for seasonal curtailment (shutting down the turbines during migration) and 19-89% for repowering (replacing outdated turbines with less harmful ones).

Research into raptor impacts at Altamont continues thanks, in part, to the passion and tenacity of Audubon chapters. A settlement agreement between five Audubon chapters—Golden Gate Audubon, Ohlone Audubon, Marin Audubon, Mount Diablo Audubon, and Santa Clara Valley Audubon—as well as the California Attorney General and the facility owner, has provided funds for further research into impacts to Burrowing Owls, Golden Eagles, and more.

Download the peer-reviewed study and its findings on impacts to Golden Eagles, American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, and Burrowing Owls from the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area Scientific Review Committee ("2010-2011 Bird Year Monitoring Report" under Quick Links in the right-hand column).
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 8:08 am
Thanks for sharing
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 1:53 pm
You are welcome Marianne
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 2:44 pm
Interesting. I wonder what the statistics really are on all the ornithomatic wind farms?
 

Bob P. (425)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 3:43 pm
thanks for sharing
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 3:57 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
You are welcome Bob
 

Julie F. (44)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 7:43 am
Thank you!
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 11:46 am
You are welcome Julie!
 

g d c. (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 6:39 pm
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JL A. (272)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 6:48 pm
You are welcome a y
 

Frans Badenhorst (546)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:02 am
thanks for sharing....BEAUTIFUL picture....:)..... but seriously now, this will be a problem still for some time to come, birds and wind turbines just don't go together, at the moment at least....
 

JL A. (272)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:44 am
In Altaman, the earliest ones are aging out and being replaced now with ones that do not have such impacts for birds. You cannot currently send a star to Frans because you have done so within the last week.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Monday February 18, 2013, 5:20 pm
Very interesting, thanks. I've been a birder for 30 years, and am aware of the staggering numbers of birds killed each year, by the things we humans build.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday February 18, 2013, 5:30 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Mitchell because you have done so within the last week.
 
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