[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Bat study under way in county  

Credit:  By Jeff Dankert, NewsTribune, www.newstrib.com/ 13 April 2011 ~~

A research team is studying bats and their movements this week in La Salle County, which could generate findings valuable to the wind turbine industry.

Details of the study on Tuesday were scant, primarily because the study is by a private wind energy firm, Invenergy of Chicago, and because it involves a highly-sensitive state area closed to the public, the Pecumsaugan Creek-Blackball Mines Nature Preserve.

Invenergy has a large wind farm in the Grand Ridge area in southeastern La Salle County.

Researchers were catching bats and fitting them with radio transmitters so they could track their movements, and also were using aircraft, said Joseph Kath, Illinois Department of Natural Resources endangered species manager.
Among the bats in the county is the endangered Indiana bat. Invenergy’s scientific consultant was working with officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state DNR because of their mutual interest in bat biology, Kath said.

The study results should be useful to the broader wind industry and to wildlife managers, Kath said.
Invenergy spokeswoman Alissa Krinsky said the study will be completed this week, and offered this e-mailed statement:

“As a progressive developer of wind projects, we’re committed to the co-existence of wind and wildlife. Irrespective of specific development plans, from time to time we conduct or sponsor studies to evaluate and better understand wildlife activity in general.”

Source:  By Jeff Dankert, NewsTribune, www.newstrib.com/ 13 April 2011

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.