B.A.T.S. Takes on Wind Turbines
Nearby San Antonio is one of the United States’ largest municipal wind buyers.
Wind turbines are a bigger threat to bats than birds.
Danielle Cordani, vice president of the newly formed Bat Association of Texas State University (BATS) says there’s a way to reconcile these two facts of life in the Lone Star State, which ranks first in the country for installed wind capacity.
She’ll present “Spying on Bats: Using New Technology to Understand Behavior and Reduce Impacts Caused by Wind Energy” at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at Texas Master Naturalist Lindheimer Chapter’s monthly meeting at Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 S. Access Rd.
The meeting is open to the public.
Researchers have known for awhile that wind turbines kill more bats than birds.
About 90 percent of bats killed near wind turbines show signs of internal hemorrhaging caused by quick changes in air pressure.