Using weather radar to help minimize wind energy impacts on nocturnally migrating birds

Emily B. Cohen, Jeffrey Buler, Kyle G. Horton, Scott R. Loss, Sergio A. Cabrera‐Cruz, Jaclyn A. Smolinsky & Peter P. Marra
As wind energy rapidly expands worldwide, information to minimize impacts of this development on biodiversity is urgently needed. Here we demonstrate how data collected by weather radar networks can inform placement and operation of wind facilities to reduce collisions and minimize habitat-related impacts for nocturnally migrating birds. We found over a third of nocturnal migrants flew through altitudes within the rotor-swept zone surrounding the North American Great Lakes, a continentally important migration corridor. Migrating birds...
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