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BAT MORTALITY AT A WIND POWER FACILITY IN CENTRAL CANADA

Joel W Jameson and Craig KR Willis
Northwestern Naturalist
Vol. 93, No. 3 (WINTER 2012), pp. 194-202
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41811918
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

Bat mortality has been reported at industrial scale wind facilities across North America, with tree-roosting bats accounting for most fatalities, but no data exist for central Canada. We quantified rates of mortality at a wind energy facility in Manitoba, Canada by conducting standardized carcass searches corrected for searcher efficiency and scavenging from mid-August to mid-September 2007. We found that mortality was consistent with, but qualitatively higher than that at comparable wind facilities in western Canada. Mortality of the species most commonly killed, Silver-haired Bats, was evenly distributed across the wind facility, but mortality of Hoary and Eastern Red Bats was higher at some turbines than others.

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