Unfortunately, the wind industry does not yet have a handle on the issue of the rising bat mortality rate. Researchers initially believed bat deaths at wind farms were the same as birds, but autopsies have revealed a more complex situation. Currently, there is no quick fix to completely end bat fatalities, but understanding bat migration and roosting can lessen impacts.
Bats play a vital role in the earth’s ecosystems. Bats probably save farmers billions because they act as pollinators for various plants and remove pests from agricultural areas. The recent interest in creating more energy from wind has increased the impacts between bats and wind farms in the United States, Canada and Europe. Biologists have been working with state and federal agencies to determine the cause of bat deaths at wind farms and find a solution. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service and state agencies such as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have published voluntary guidelines for conducting surveys at potential and existing wind farm facilities.
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