Montana Wildlife & Wind Energy Virtual Workshop

Harlowton, MT, Invenergy

Thank you for attending the Montana Wind-Wildlife Workshop, hosted by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI)! You can find all workshop materials and recordings on this webpage.

Please complete the post-workshop survey to let us know your feedback.

Workshop Recordings:

Day 1 (Tuesday, April 27)Watch the recording

Day 2 (Thursday, April 29) – Watch the recording

Day 3 (Tuesday, May 4) – Watch the recording

Day 4 (Thursday, May 6)Watch the recording

Advanced Resources:


Speaker PowerPoints & Supporting Material:

II. Wind Energy in Montana 

III. Wind Project Development Process & Site Selection

IV. Wind Permitting in Montana to Site and Operate

V. Siting Wind and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wind Energy Guidelines

VI. Overview: Wind Energy Impacts to Wildlife: State of the Science, Research Priorities, and Solutions

  • John Lloyd, Associate Director of Research, and Ryan Butryn, American Wind Wildlife Information Center Manager, AWWI (Part 1, Part 2)

VII. Key Species/Taxa: Impacts, Minimization, Compensation

Workshop Description:

The Virtual Montana Wind-Wildlife Workshop will bring together stakeholders from the relevant state, local, and federal agencies in Montana, the wind industry, and the conservation and science community to learn about wind energy and wind-wildlife issues specific to the state of Montana. This workshop will provide presentations, panels, and discussion around:

  • Overview of the state of wind energy in Montana
  • Considerations for siting and development
  • Permitting and approvals in Montana
  • Application of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wind Energy Guidelines
  • State-of-the-science on impacts and solutions for relevant species and habitats in Montana
  • Robust discussions around cultivating cross-sector communication
  • Opportunities for Q&A and connecting with others in the Montana wind-wildlife community

The Montana Wildlife & Wind Energy Virtual Workshop is possible thanks to generous support from NorthWestern Energy; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; and the Turner Foundation, and to the input and guidance from the workshop Planning Committee:

  • Kristina Smucker, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • Renee Lemon, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • Allison Begley, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • Kyla Maki, MT Department of Environmental Quality
  • Cory Shaw, MT Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
  • Marco Restani, NorthWestern Energy
  • Rene Braud, Pattern Energy
  • Jeff Berglund, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Jake Martin, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Chuck Magraw, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Helen O’Shea, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Jeff Fox, Consultant
  • Max Greene, Renewable Northwest

If you have any questions please email