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Boyles, Justin; Cryan, Paul; McCracken, Gary; and Kunz, Thomas
Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture
[abstract] White-nose syndrome (WNS) and the increased development of wind-power facilities are threatening populations of insectivorous bats in North America. Bats are voracious predators of nocturnal insects, including many crop and forest pests. We present here analyses suggesting that loss of bats in North America could lead to agricultural losses estimated at more than $3.7 billion/year. Urgent efforts are needed to educate the public and policy-makers about the ecological and economic importance of insectivorous bats and to provide practical conservation . . . Complete article »

Horn, Jason; Arnett, Edward; and Kunz, Thomas
Infrared Video Clips of Bats Interacting with Wind Turbines
Bats Interacting with Wind Turbines from: Horn et al. 2008 Journal of Wildlife Management 72:1 123-132 The video clips on this site are presented to support a study that appears in the Journal of Wildlife Management. This study deals with the recent finding that forest-dwelling bats are often found dead beneath operating wind turbines at wind energy facilities. We used thermal infrared video cameras to record the flight behavior of bats at night near these turbines in an attempt to . . . Complete article »

Horn, Jason; Arnett, Edward; and Kunz, Thomas
Behavioral Responses of Bats to Operating Wind Turbines
ABSTRACT Wind power is one of the fastest growing sectors of the energy industry. Recent studies have reported large numbers of migratory tree-roosting bats being killed at utility-scale wind power facilities, especially in the eastern United States. We used thermal infrared (TIR) cameras to assess the flight behavior of bats at wind turbines because this technology makes it possible to observe the nocturnal behavior of bats and birds independently of supplemental light sources. We conducted this study at the Mountaineer . . . Complete article »

Kunz, Thomas; Arnett, Edward; Cooper, Brian; Erickson, Wallace; Larkin, Ronald; Mabee, Todd; Morrison, Michael; Strickland, M. Dale; and Szewczak, Joseph
Assessing Impacts of Wind-Energy Development on Nocturnally Active Birds and Bats: A Guidance Document
THOMAS H. KUNZ, Department of Biology, Boston University, Boston, MA EDWARD B. ARNETT, Bat Conservation International, Austin, TX BRIAN M. COOPER, Alaska Biological Research, Inc., Forest Grove, OR WALLACE P. ERICKSON, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., Cheyenne, WY RONALD P. LARKIN, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, IL TODD MABEE, Alaska Biological Research, Inc., Forest Grove, OR MICHAEL L. MORRISON, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX M. DALE STRICKLAND, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., Cheyenne, WY JOSEPH . . . Complete article »

Kunz, Thomas; Arnett, Edward; Erickson, Wallace; Hoar, Alexander; Johnson, Gregory; Larkin, Ronald; Strickland, M. Dale; Thresher, Robert; and Tuttle, Merlin
Ecological impacts of wind energy development on bats
Thomas Kunz, of the Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology, Boston University, with colleagues from Bat Conservation International, Western EcoSystems Technology, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Illinois Natural History Survey, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, reviews the state of knowledge about impacts of wind energy facilities on bats. Published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, August 2007. Of particular concern is the cumulative effect of continuing wind energy development. Based on existing studies and the proposal . . . Complete article »

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