Summary of Wind Power Interactions with Wildlife

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REWI compiles the latest research on interactions between renewable energy and wildlife

Wind energy provides environmental benefits including ability to generate electricity without carbon emissions, water use, or emissions of water and air pollutants. However, the siting and operation of wind energy can present a risk of adverse impacts to wildlife, particularly individual birds and bats.

Wind Turbine Interactions with Wildlife and Their Habitats: A Summary of Research Results and Priority Questions summarizes publicly available information about the adverse impacts of land-based wind power on wildlife in North America and the status of our knowledge regarding how to avoid or minimize these impacts.

The information in this summary is updated and undergoes expert review annually to incorporate new results as they become publicly available. The summary includes in-text citations. Download a PDF of the full citations.

Last updated with latest publicly available information: September 2021

Explore more information about what we know about developing onshore wind energy in the U.S. while protecting wildlife and their habitats in REWI’s Guide to Wind Energy & Wildlife.

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Suggested Citation: American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI). 2021. Wind turbine interactions with wildlife and their habitats: a summary of research results and priority questions. Viewed [date] at [link].