Renewable Energy Industries

ABR has worked on wildlife issues for the renewable energy industries since the 1980s and is a recognized leader in this sector. Our broad range of experience with wind, solar, wave, tidal, and hydropower energy generation, in addition to the infrastructure (i.e., transmission lines) needed for these energy projects, allows us to anticipate wildlife–energy conflicts and be proactive in the design of studies to address these issues. We use statistically rigorous analyses to assess spatial and temporal activity patterns of birds and bats, collision potential, and fatality estimates at wind turbines, meteorological towers, transmission lines, solar facilities, and other structures built for renewable energy. Some of our key services include:

  • Surveys and risk assessments for birds and bats (e.g., surveys to determine avian and bat use, surveys of raptor/eagle nests, collision risk models, post-construction fatality monitoring)

  • Endangered, threatened, and sensitive species surveys (e.g., Marbled Murrelet, Hawaiian Petrel, and Newell’s Shearwater)

  • Land-based and offshore wildlife impact assessments

  • Bird, bat, and eagle Conservation Plans

  • Radar and visual studies of avian and bat movements

  • Radar and visual surveys and risk assessment for endangered seabirds (e.g., Marbled Murrelet, Hawaiian Petrel, and Newell’s Shearwater)

  • Comprehensive ecological land surveys incorporating vegetation, wetlands, and wildlife habitat mapping in one study process

  • Systematic literature review and independent analysis of studies

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