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Avian sensitivity to mortality: Prioritising migratory bird species for assessment at proposed wind farms

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Year
2009

Citation

Desholm, M., 2009, Avian sensitivity to mortality: Prioritising migratory bird species for assessment at proposed wind farms: Journal of Environmental Management, v. 90, 8 p.

Summary

Wind turbines in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA), California, USA, have caused annual fatalities of thousands of raptors and other birds. Alameda County implemented an Avian Protection Program requiring mitigation measures and eventual repowering to modern wind turbines, all intended to reduce raptor fatality rates 50% from levels estimated for 1998-2003. Two years into the 3-year program, we compared estimates of fatality rates between 1998-2003 and 2005-2007 and between a repowered wind project (Diablo Winds) and the APWRA's old-generation wind turbines. The APWRA-wide fatality rates increased significantly for multiple bird species, including 85% for all raptors and 51% for all birds. Fatality rates caused by the Diablo [...]

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Desholm, M.

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