Wind Energy: Will Fall Bird Migration be Smooth Sailing for All?
As the seasons change, the skies are filling with the sites and sounds of the fall bird migration. As the United States migrates toward more sustainable and domestically available energy resource options such as wind energy, many are concerned about potential problems for migrating birds.
Even though wind energy provides a clean and affordable domestic energy source, there are environmental concerns about bird mortalities, migratory bird routes, and species habitat disruption. USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center researchers and their partners are developing a model of how birds use important landscapes to help managers selecting sites for wind farm development to understand which areas would better protect migratory bird species, both while on land and in flight. For more information, visit http://nrmsc.usgs.gov/science/feature/wildlife_wind_energy