Energy and Wildlife


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.

  • Eagles

    Researching flight behavior, landscape occupancy, and interactions of golden and bald eagles with wind energy facilities.
  • Condors

    Studying flight behavior and habitat use in relation to wind energy facilities.
  • Seabirds

    Monitoring and mapping of seabird and waterbird habitat utilization and ranging behavior.
  • Bats

    Understanding and researching methods to reduce bat fatalities at wind turbines.
  • Desert Tortoise

    Documenting impacts of wind and solar energy development in the Mojave Desert on the endangered Agassiz Desert Tortoise.
  • Pollinators

    Monitoring habitat conversion and health of pollinators in the Northern Prairie Potholes region.

Top Photo: Sandhill cranes at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Lee Eastman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.