Regulatory and management issues associated with renewable energy development are often focused on impacts to listed, legally protected, or otherwise highly valued species and their habitats, including bats, eagles and migratory birds. USGS research projects summarized below are organized by species, or groups of species, habitats, and other topics considered most relevant to agencies responsible for permitting development, species management, and monitoring operations of renewable energy facilities. A 2015 Briefing Paper summarizes recent and ongoing renewable energy and wildlife research projects.
Top Photo: Sandhill cranes at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Lee Eastman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.