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In the Media

Wind Energy and Wildlife: Nebraska Strives for Coexistence - QUEST: Exploring the Science of Sustainability article.

Are Wildlife Concerns Limiting Wind Energy In Nebraska? - Nebraska Educational Television news article by Ariana Brocious

KZUM, Earth to Lincoln Radio Interview - In this 30 minute interview Chris, the "Bird Lady", and I talk about wind energy development and wildlife in Nebraska, the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and a smattering of other topics.

Reports & Public Power District Factsheets:

2013

Responses of Nebraska Public Power District, Omaha Public Power District, and Lincoln Electric System Customers to the 2013 Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey Wind Energy and Wildlife Questions. - Report comparing responses of customers from the three main PPD on wind energy and wildlife questions.

2012

Responses of Nebraska Public Power District, Omaha Public Power District, and Lincoln Electric System Customers to the 2012 Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey Wind Energy and Wildlife Questions. - Report comparing responses of customers from the three main PPD on wind energy and wildlife questions.

Handouts & Educational Materials

Nebraska Wind Energy and Wildlife - Brochure

Renewable Energy Development and Wildlife in Nebraska - Information sheet about wind, bioenergy, and solar energy developments in Nebraska, potential impacts to wildlife, and ways to avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts.

Bats of Nebraska - Information sheet about the bats in Nebraska and the impacts of wind energy and white-nose syndrome on bats across North America.

Navigating the Wildlife Consultation Process: Wind Energy in Nebraska - Contact information for the Nebraska Game and Park Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel in Nebraska and a suggested timeline for wind energy project and wildlife consultation progression.

Wind Energy Development and Wildlife in Nebraska- Fact Sheet

Endangered Species Day 2012 - Descriptions of a number of threatened or endangered species in Nebraska and the potential impacts of wind energy development.

Nebraska State Capitol building and wind turbine comparison - Visual display of the height of the capitol building compared to a wind turbine. Both are around 400 feet tall.

Area Swept by Wind Turbine Blades - Visual display of a football field overlaid on the blade swept area of a wind turbine. The total area swept by a turbine with 50 yard blades is 1.62 acres.

Nebraska Wind and Wildlife Coloring Page

Nebraska Wind Conference Materials

2013

Nebraska Wind Conference: Wind - Wildlife Presenters, November 14, 2013 - Presenter contact information, presentation title, and biographies.

Presentations:

2012

Nebraska Wind Conference: Wind - Wildlife Session Presenters 2012 - Presenter contact information, presentation title, and biographies.

Presentations:

Siting of Wind Energy in Nebraska Symposium

This symposium examined development issues from the perspective of local land owners and protection of Nebraska's natural resources.

Recordings and presentations are available at: http://www.extension.unl.edu/wind-energy

Teacher Resources

Wind Energy Development & Wildlife in Nebraska

Nebraska

Wildlife

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Wind Power Development in Nebraska

Wind Energy

Nebraska Energy Office - Wind Resources

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) - Wind Generation

Omaha Public Power District - Green Power Program

Lincoln Electric System - Facilities

Nebraska Renewable Energy Association

GIS Tools

Rainwater Basin Joint Venture GIS Projects

Nebraska Division of Natural Resources Spatial/GIS Databases

Outreach and Education

University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Nebraska Wind for Schools Program

University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Cropwatch Bioenergy - Wind

 

Regional HCP & EIS

Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic EIS

Great Plains Wind Energy Habitat Conservation Plan

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Great Plains Wind Energy EIS & HCP

Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan

 

Other State Programs

The California Energy Commission - California Guidelines for Reducing Impacts to Birds and Bats from Wind Energy Development

Illinois State University Center for Renewable Energy - Illinois Wind Working Group

Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Wind and Wildlife

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Wind Power and Wildlife Issues in Kansas

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Wind Power

Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife and Wind Energy

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - PA WInd Farm & Wildlife Collaborative

Wyoming Wildlife Federation - Wind Development

 

Tools

American Bird Conservancy Wind Development Bird Risk Map

AWWI WInd and Wildlife Landscape Assessment Tool

Data Basin - BatAMP - Acoustic Monitoring Portal

Fatality Estimator User's Guide and Software (USGS).

Great Lakes Commission - Best Practices for Sustainable Wind Energy Development in the Great Lakes Region Online Toolkit

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD)

North American Bat Monitoring Program

Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks - Crucial Areas Assessment

Playa Lakes Joint Venture - For Industry

USGS Bat Population Data (BPD) Project

USGS Interactive Windfarm Mapper

Western Governors' Association Crucial Habitat Asessment Tools

 

Nationwide

American Wind and Wildlife Institute (AWWI)

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Audubon - Wind Power Overview

Bat Conservation International - Bats & Wind Energy

Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative

Defenders of Wildlife - Renewable Energy 101

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative

Open Energy Info - Your Gateway to the World's Energy Information and Data

Renewable Energy Wind - Best of the Web

U.S. Department of Energy - Wind Powering America

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Wind Energy

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee

USGS- Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines: Investigating the Causes and Consequences

USGS - Effects of Wind Energy Development on Wildlife

Western Bat Working Group - Wind Energy

 

From Around the World

Wind Energy Bird & Bat Monitoring Database

 

Transmission

Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) Poles at Wind Energy Facilities

Nebraska Wind Energy and Wildlife News Archives

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Announcements

 

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program logo

Project funding provided by the Wildlife Restoration Program

Nebraska Environmental Trust logo

Bat research project funding provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust

 

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