Predicting the response of bird populations to wind energy-related deaths

Michael L. Morrison, Kenneth H. Pollock, Ann L Oberg, Karin C. Sinclair

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The expansion of wind energy developments has been accompanied by concerns over unforeseen bird deaths caused by striking turbine blades and turbine support structures. We conducted sensitivity analyses using Leslie matrix models to determine the effects of survival of age classes on population growth rates (termed lambda). Population growth rate for ducks is roughly equally sensitive to changes in the juvenile and adult survival rates. For geese, the nonadult age classes survival rates seem to have little impact on population growth. For the adult age class, population growth is extremely sensitive to changes in the adult survival rate. For gulls, except for very small survival rates, the changes in the adult age class gives the largest change in population growth. The situation for the eagle is very similar to the situation for the gull but even more extreme. Our results show that careful evaluation of how life-history parameters could interact to influence population persistence can be used as a first approximation of the influence of wind energy developments on bird populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication1998 ASME Wind Energy Symposium
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA/ASME Wind Energy Symposium, 1998 - Reno, United States
Duration: Jan 12 1998Jan 15 1998


OtherAIAA/ASME Wind Energy Symposium, 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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