Saturday, 02 April 2016 19:39

Birds, Bats & Blades

Written by Michael Short
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Wind turbines located along migratory paths of bats are having an impact on population numbers Wind turbines located along migratory paths of bats are having an impact on population numbers

Since 2005, Dr. Robert Barclay — Professor and Department Head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the U of C — has been studying the interaction of wind turbines and bats in southern Alberta.

I had an opportunity to talk with him about how the wind farm industry has responded to the fact that thousands of bats are killed every year as a direct result of these wind turbines.

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Dr. Barclay with a dead hoary bat

Dr. Barclay with a dead hoary bat found under a wind turbine in southern Alberta. The hoary bat is the most commonly killed bat, due to the fact they migrate every year though our province.

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