Mortality of bats at wind turbines links to nocturnal insect migration?

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Mortality of bats at wind turbines links to nocturnal insect migration? / Rydell, Jens; Bach, Lothar; Dubourg-Savage, Marie-Jo; Green, Martin; Rodrigues, Luisa; Hedenström, Anders.

In: European Journal of Wildlife Research, Vol. 56, No. 6, 2010, p. 823-827.

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Rydell, Jens ; Bach, Lothar ; Dubourg-Savage, Marie-Jo ; Green, Martin ; Rodrigues, Luisa ; Hedenström, Anders. / Mortality of bats at wind turbines links to nocturnal insect migration?. In: European Journal of Wildlife Research. 2010 ; Vol. 56, No. 6. pp. 823-827.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Mortality of bats at wind turbines links to nocturnal insect migration?

AU - Rydell, Jens

AU - Bach, Lothar

AU - Dubourg-Savage, Marie-Jo

AU - Green, Martin

AU - Rodrigues, Luisa

AU - Hedenström, Anders

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - This note is based on a literature search and a recent review of bat mortality data from wind farms in Europe (published elsewhere). We suggest that mortality of bats at wind turbines may be linked to high-altitude feeding on migrating insects that accumulate at the turbine towers. Modern wind turbines seem to reach high enough into the airspace to interfere with the migratory movements of insects. The hypothesis is consistent with recent observations of bats at wind turbines. It is supported by the observation that mortality of bats at wind turbines is highly seasonal (August-September) and typically peaks during nights with weather conditions known to trigger large-scale migratory movements of insects (and songbirds). We also discuss other current hypotheses concerning the mortality of bats at wind turbines.

AB - This note is based on a literature search and a recent review of bat mortality data from wind farms in Europe (published elsewhere). We suggest that mortality of bats at wind turbines may be linked to high-altitude feeding on migrating insects that accumulate at the turbine towers. Modern wind turbines seem to reach high enough into the airspace to interfere with the migratory movements of insects. The hypothesis is consistent with recent observations of bats at wind turbines. It is supported by the observation that mortality of bats at wind turbines is highly seasonal (August-September) and typically peaks during nights with weather conditions known to trigger large-scale migratory movements of insects (and songbirds). We also discuss other current hypotheses concerning the mortality of bats at wind turbines.

KW - Moths

KW - Insect behaviour

KW - Aeroecology

KW - Bat conservation

KW - Wind energy

U2 - 10.1007/s10344-010-0444-3

DO - 10.1007/s10344-010-0444-3

M3 - Review article

VL - 56

SP - 823

EP - 827

JO - European Journal of Wildlife Research

T2 - European Journal of Wildlife Research

JF - European Journal of Wildlife Research

SN - 1612-4642

IS - 6

ER -