Strategic Wind Farm Placement Cuts Risk to Wildlife, Scientists Say
Scientists studying wind development and its interaction with wildlife say that strategic placement of wind farms is the best way to keep birds and animals safe, the Laramie Daily Boomerang reports.
Four scientists discussed wind energy and its impact on wildlife during a panel discussion sponsored by the Laramie Audubon Society recently. According to Laramie Daily Boomerang, society president Tim Banks said there are 17 wind farms in Wyoming right now with another 12 proposed, permitted or under construction. As of
July 2010, the Bureau of Land Management had received 140 site testing and monitoring applications, which is the first step in wind energy development.
"Who knows how many more are waiting in the wings," he said, according to the Laramie Daily Boomerang.
Six transmission line projects have also been proposed to carry energy generated in Wyoming to neighboring states.
According to the Laramie Daily Boomerang, Sophie Osborn, a wildlife biologist with the Wyoming Outdoor Council, said the council supports the development of renewable energy sources such as wind, but industrial-scale development has environmental costs such as bird and bat mortality and habitat fragmentation.