Bats Interacting with Wind Turbines
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 understand the cause of these fatalities. We encourage you to read the study so that you will have a context as you view the clips.
Investigating the Turbine Tower and Nacelle (power generating unit)
Investigating and Chasing Turbine Blades
A bat investigates and lands on a still blade.
Bats chase blade tips (1) or are possibly caught in tip vortices.
Bat Avoidance Behavior
Contact with Blades
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