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Maple Ridge Report 2006 Final

Maple Ridge Report 2006 Final

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Maple Ridge Wind Complex Bird and Bat mortality Report
Maple Ridge Wind Complex Bird and Bat mortality Report

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Annual Report for the Maple Ridge Wind Power ProjectPostconstruction Bird and Bat Fatality Study - 2006
May 31, 2007Prepared for:PPM Energy and Horizon EnergyandTechnical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Maple Ridge Project StudyPrepared by:Aaftab JainPaul Kerlinger Richard CurryLinda Slobodnik Curry and Kerlinger, LLCAaftab Jain174 Fayette Blvd.Syracuse, NY 13224Office: 315-445-0111Cell: 315-560-8650aaftabj@hotmail.com 
 
 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Members of the TAC provided valuable oversight and comments on this manuscript.USDA APHIS, New York City Audubon and the Wadsworth Rabies Laboratory inAlbany, NY provided technical assistance. We are grateful to Robert Burke and WilliamBurke who were responsible for mowing and site maintenance, as well as to all Vestasemployees who notified us of incidental findings of birds/bats. We are grateful tolandowners for their continued cooperation in granting us site access/crop clearing rights.Finally, we would like to thank the field crew for their hard work, motivation andattention to detail, without which this study would not have been possible.
 
MAPLE RIDGE WIND POWER AVIAN AND BAT FATALITY STUDY YEAR ONE REPORT© Curry and Kerlinger, LLC.i
 TABLE OF CONTENTSExecutive Summary 11.0 Introduction 3
1.1 Project Description 51.2 Study Area 8
2.0 Methods 8
2.1 Carcass Surveys 82.1.1 Site Selection 82.1.2 Carcass Collection 112.1.3 Standardized Surveys 112.1.4 Searcher Efficiency, Scavenger Removal, Proportion of Towers 13
3.0 Results 16
3.1 Search Effort 163.1.1 Summary of Search Effort 163.1.2 1-Day Search Sites 163.1.3 3-Day Search Sites 163.1.4 7-Day Search Sites 163.1.5 Meteorological Towers 203.2 Incidents Recorded During Surveys 223.2.1 Birds 223.2.2 Bats 283.2.3 Seasonal Distribution of Fatalities 303.2.4 Distance from Turbine Bases 313.2.5 Distance to Nearest Wetland (Bats) 343.2.6 Wooded vs. Non-wooded Turbine sites 373.2.7 Lit vs. Un-lit Turbine sites 383.3 Adjusting Fatality Estimates 393.3.1 Estimates from 1-day, 3-day and 7-day Search Sites 393.3.2 Estimated Fatalities by Species 42
4.0 Discussion 45
4.1 Search interval 454.2 Seasonal Distribution of Fatalities 464.3 Night Migrant Fatalities 464.4 Bird Population Trends 474.5 Bat Fatalities 494.6 Significance of 2006 Findings 49
5.0 References 51

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