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Wolfe Island Post Construction Bird and Bat MONITORING REPORT NO. 7 JANUARY - JUNE 2012

Wolfe Island Post Construction Bird and Bat MONITORING REPORT NO. 7 JANUARY - JUNE 2012

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WOLFE ISLAND WIND PLANT POST-CONSTRUCTION
FOLLOW-UP PLAN
BIRD AND BAT RESOURCES

MONITORING REPORT NO. 7
JANUARY - JUNE 2012
WOLFE ISLAND WIND PLANT POST-CONSTRUCTION
FOLLOW-UP PLAN
BIRD AND BAT RESOURCES

MONITORING REPORT NO. 7
JANUARY - JUNE 2012

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WOLFE ISLAND WIND PLANT
POST-CONSTRUCTIONFOLLOW-UP PLAN
 
BIRD AND BAT RESOURCES
 
MONITORING REPORT NO. 7JANUARY - JUNE 2012
 
File No. 160960494
 
December 2012Prepared For:
 
TransAlta Corporation’s wholly
owned subsidiary
 
Canadian Renewable EnergyCorporation
 
Prepared by:
 
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Suite 1 - 70 Southgate DriveGuelph ON N1G 4P5
 
 
WOLFE ISLAND WIND PLANT POST-CONSTRUCTION FOLLOW-UP PLANBIRD AND BAT RESOURCES
MONITORING REPORT NO. 7, JANUARY - JUNE 2012
E.1
 
Executive Summary
This report, the seventh in a series, contains the results of the post-construction monitoringprogram for bird and bat resources at the Wolfe Island Wind Plant for the period betweenJanuary 1 and June 30, 2012 (the Reporting Period). The Wolfe Island Wind Plant is a 197.8megawatt (MW) wind power plant on Wolfe Island, Township of Frontenac Islands, FrontenacCounty, Ontario. Eighty-six 2.3 MW wind turbine generators (WTGs) and ancillary facilities (i.e.,substation, transmission lines) have been placed over the western portion of Wolfe Island withadditional supporting electrical infrastructure on the Kingston mainland, near the city of Kingston, Ontario.Consistent with the schedule for post-construction monitoring outlined in Section 5.1 of the Post-Construction Follow-Up Plan for Bird and Bat Resources for the Wolfe Island Wind Plant(revised February 2010) (the Follow-up Plan), field surveys conducted during the ReportingPeriod included:
bird and bat mortality monitoring;
disturbance effects monitoring
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wintering raptors; and
disturbance effects monitoring
 –
breeding grassland birds.Mortality monitoring was carried out by employees of Wolfe Island Wind Monitoring, anindependent consulting firm, according to a schedule and methods prepared by StantecConsulting Ltd. (Stantec) that were based on the Follow-up Plan. In addition to carcasssearches, trials to determine various corrective factors for searcher efficiency and scavengingrates were conducted during the Reporting Period. A total of 20 carcasses of 13 bird species were collected during the Reporting Period. Birdfatalities were more commonly found later in the spring period (May and June), with nocarcasses recorded in January or February. During the Reporting Period all species hadprovincial S-Ranks of S5 (i.e., Secure
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common, widespread and abundant in Ontario), S4(i.e., Apparently Secure
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uncommon but not rare) or SNA (i.e., Not Applicable - A conservationstatus rank is not applicable because the species is not a suitable target for conservationactivities).Three Bobolink fatalities were observed during the Reporting Period. This species is listed asThreatened on the Species at Risk in Ontario list of the provincial Endangered Species Act(2007). Bobolink has also been identified by the Committee on Status of Endangered Wildlife inCanada (COSEWIC) as threatened, but has not been added to a schedule of the Species atRisk Act (2002). After applying correction factors for searcher efficiency, scavenger removal

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