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Estimation of Wind Farm Mortality: Development of Super Population Approach to Estimate Cumulative Mortality from Carcass Surveys Accounting for Carcass Removal and Non-Detection


August 2011 - September 2016


This project will have two phases and will lead to publications on the design and analysis of studies to estimated wind turbine mortality of avian species, and a guidelines document for the wind power community on conducting this post-construction monitoring.

1) Development of statistical methodology for providing robust estimates of wind turbine mortality, as well as designs for properly collecting mortality data.

Expected results:
Publications on the statistical methodology and study designs we develop

2) Test the developed methodology and study design in the field.

Expected results:
i) A guidelines document for conducting and analyzing data from studies of avian mortality at wind farms.
ii) Possible publications on the number or pattern of avian mortality at existing wind farms.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 82

Presentations: 91



Funding Agencies

  • US Geological Survey - CRU


Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  2. Colorado State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute