IAB Research Project Description

Development of a Bird Collision Risk Model

Credit: Photo courtesy of Falk Huettmann

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Each year, millions of birds crash into towers, power lines, and wind turbines. In Alaska, there has been little effort to document the extent of this problem, but reports of various coastal bird species colliding with on-land structures do exist. As in the United States in general, the Alaska public is increasingly sensitive about these issues. Among the species that reportedly crash into these on-land structures are spectacled and Steller's eiders, coastal dwelling migratory sea ducks that are protected under the Endangered Species Act. We proposed to spatially represent the risk of spectacled and Steller's eiders crashing into co-occurring towers, power lines, and wind turbines that occur along the Alaska coastline.

Project Funding

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1 May 2005 – 30 Apr 2006
IAB Proposal #05-076
UAF Grant #G2579
IAB Project #88

Media Contact

Marie Thoms
Communications/Web Manager
Institute of Arctic Biology
302A Irving I
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000
email: methoms@alaska.edu
phone: 907.474.7412