Exploring the impacts of wind mill technology on the wildlife in Grafton County
The Groton Wind Project in New Hampshire has been doing more than just pump out 48 megawatts of electricity since constructed in 2012. It has also allowed our scientists to explore new techniques to learn more about the impacts wind projects can have on birds and bats.
We’ve been a part of this project from the beginning – through pre-construction wildlife surveys, permitting, and expert witness testimony. A challenging hearing phase brought public scrutiny from all angles. Our scientific data defended the project, addressed concerns, and helped get construction underway.
Through post-construction monitoring, we are comparing the predictive impacts to the actual impacts of wind projects on birds and bats, including peregrine falcons. Instead of relying on the standard observational studies of these birds, Stantec is working with New Hampshire Audubon to outfit adult peregrine falcons nesting near the project with satellite transmitters, a leading technology that will monitor their daily use of the area for three years. These results are helping us determine the accuracy of pre-construction survey and will potentially help change regulatory reviews in New Hampshire.
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