New study following Atlantic seabirds to help siting of wind turbines
by Jim Woehr and Marjorie Weisskohl,Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
In making decisions on where to permit construction of offshore Atlantic wind turbines, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is engaged with offshore wind energy permitting as well) will need information on the movements of priority bird species such as common terns and American oystercatchers up and down the east coast, from Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound south throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
The movement patterns of these two species are not well documented and, although they are not protected under the Endangered Species Act, they are species of high concern.
To help fill the information gap, BOEM recently awarded a $292,000 study to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to research the movements of these birds over the next 12 to 18 months using VHF (very high frequency) backpack transmitters…
(read more: USFWS - NE) (photos: Pamela Loring/USFWS.)