BACKGROUND. This project began as an 11-week fellowship (Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during 2018. Based out of the USFWS Northeast Regional Office in Hadley, MA, I worked for the Permits Branch of the Migratory Birds Division.
By compiling 10 years of data collected by the Northeast USFWS, I formed a picture of bird and bat collisions with wind turbines and made recommendations for future management decisions and research direction. My work involved three components:
Synthesizing current knowledge concerning wind-wildlife interactions, focusing on birds and bats
Analyzing data to find trends in bird and bat mortality and summarizing results in a technical report
Exploring dynamics of mortality estimation using the Evidence of Absence software by the US Geological Survey
After the fellowship, I continued this project, working toward a publication focusing on reviewing species trends in collision and the spatial patterns in recovered carcasses.