BWEC conducts local, regional, and continent-wide research required to address issues and develop solutions surrounding wind energy development and fatality of bats.

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Ed Arnett examines a dead bat found by his chocolate labrador, Sage, at the Casselman Wind Project near Rockwood, PA (photo by M. Schirmacher, BCI).

Currently, BWEC is focusing on three main areas of research, taking a multi-dimensional approach for shaping future research and determining next steps.

Pre-construction monitoring assesses bat activity levels and use at proposed wind turbine sites.

Post-construction fatality surveys determine estimates of fatality, compare fatality estimates among facilities, and determine patterns of fatality in relation to weather and habitat variables.

Operational mitigation and deterrents focuses on testing the effectiveness of seasonal low wind shutdowns and deterring devices on reducing fatality of bats.