WEST in attendance at REWI/WWRM

WEST is proud to be a Gold Sponsor at REWI’s Wind Wildlife Research Meeting this week in Kansas City, Missouri. We are excited to see you in person! Stop by our booth to say hello! 

The WEST team is participating in the following live panel, in-person poster, and on-demand sessions:

Tuesday, November 15th

Wildlife Monitoring: A Strategic Conversation to Increase the Management Value of Post-Construction Monitoring
Bat and bird conservation priorities and key knowledge gaps
Amanda Hale, Ph.D., Panelist

Wednesday, November 16th

Wind Energy and Wildlife in the Context of Climate Change: Thinking Globally, Siting Locally Revisited Sites 8 Years Later
Indirect, climate-mediated effects of renewable energy production on species’ extinction
Paul Rabie, Ph.D., Panelist

Estimating Direct Impacts to Birds and Bats: State of the Science and Challenges to Implementation
The importance of bird type in carcass persistence trials: raptors vs. game birds

Quantifying incidental eagle carcass detection at operating wind farms
Daniel Riser-Espinoza, Panelist

A multi-sensor approach for measuring bird and bat collisions with wind turbines: Completed Validation Results
Jennifer Stucker, Ph.D., Panelist

Thursday, November 17th

Technological Solutions to Minimize Impacts
Test of an acoustic-activated curtailment system for minimizing bat fatalities
Victoria Zero, Panelist

When Should We Start to Worry: Translating Fatality Events into Population-level Effects
One-size does not fit all: species composition of wind turbine fatalities varies by region and with the spread of white-nose syndrome for three sensitive bat species
Amanda Hale, Ph.D., Panelist

Poster Sessions

Bat diets and the potential role of crop-pest emergence as a contributor to bat mortality at wind facilities: a literature review and model exploration
Amanda Hale, Ph.D., Presenter

Predicting hoary bat fatalities using the passage of regional weather systems
Julie Bushey, Presenter

Activity and foraging behavior of bats offshore on Lake Erie
Mike True, Presenter

Seminole bats at Midwest wind facilities – evidence of fall northward movement and an update to the fall species range map
Mike True, Presenter

Whooping crane inland winter habitat selection
Brandi Welch-Acosta, Ph.D., Presenter

On-Demand Presentations

Curtailment: From blanket curtailment through smart curtailment and beyond
Lauren Hoskovec, Ph.D., Presenter

Whooping crane inland winter habitat selection
Brandi Welch-Acosta, Ph.D., Presenter

Response of lesser prairie-chicken to a wind energy development located in a fragmented landscape
Chad LeBeau, Presenter

Greater sage-grouse population trends relative to wind energy infrastructure in Wyoming
Kurt Smith, Ph.D., Presenter

UAS-based Line Transect Surveys to Measure Bat Occupancy, Abundance, and Species Composition at Wind Energy Facilities
Leigh Ann Starcevich, Ph.D., Presenter

Combining acoustic deterrents with curtailment further reduces bat mortality for some species
Rhett Good, Presenter

Other WEST Co-Authored Presentations

Power Infrastructure Design – Blind Spots: Case Studies to Identify Patterns and Trends Specific to Substation and Power Line Design and Relative to System Reliability, Regulatory Compliance, and Liability
Lori Nielsen, Co-author

Engineering models for orographic and thermal updrafts for raptor movement simulators
Chris Farmer, Ph.D., Co-author

Decoding golden eagle movement behavior from high resolution, variable rate telemetry data through Bayesian filtering
Chris Farmer, Ph.D., Co-author

A heuristic agent-based model for simulating golden eagle flightpaths and mapping potential collision risk
Chris Farmer, Ph.D., Co-author