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Program Overview



BCI’s Bats and Wind Energy Program is working to develop solutions to minimize or, where possible, prevent mortality of bats at wind-power turbines. 


Program Objectives

BCI’s strategy centers on these key efforts:

  • Lead research efforts under the auspices of the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC).

  • Facilitate communication and outreach to decision-makers, natural resource professionals and the public.

  • Provide professional expertise on policy and management issues (e.g., professional testimony, developing guidelines, serving on professional committees).

  • Conduct training sessions on techniques and best practices for wind-energy development and bats.


BCI Conservation Biologist Michael Schirmacher (left) demonstrates field data collection procedures to field crew members at the Casselman Wind facility in South-central Pennsylvania.

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Last Updated: Monday, 10 December 2012
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