Bat Assessment Guidance for Wind Energy Facilities in Nebraska

The Bat Assessment Guidance for Wind Energy Facilities in Nebraska provides recommendations for pre- and post-construction surveys and data analysis that can help avoid or minimize bat fatalities at wind energy facilities in Nebraska.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Determine bat activity patterns before and after the development of wind energy facilities;
  • Evaluate the bat fatalities associated with operation of wind energy facilities; and
  • Provide reliable information for siting and operation of current and future wind energy facilities in Nebraska.

Take Home Points:

  • Consult early and often with the NGPC and the USFWS
  • Feather wind turbine blades as a standard practice at all Nebraska wind energy facilities.
  • At least one year of pre- and post-construction acoustic surveys are recommended.
  • At least two years post construction mortality surveys are recommended.
  • Data collection and analysis should be conducted by a trained bat biologist.
  • Sharing data is recommended to help enhance recommendations for operational mitigation and siting.
Eastern Red Bat. Photo by Keith Geluso.

Eastern Red Bat. Photo by Keith Geluso.

For inquiries regarding proposed projects, questions about the environmental review process, and requests for environmental reviews, please contact:

Michelle Koch, Fish and Wildlife Specialist, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
michelle.koch@nebraska.gov, (402) 471-5438

Eliza Hines, Assistant Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
eliza_hines@fws.gov, (308)382-6468, Extension 204

To have bat survey protocols reviewed, please contact:

Mike Fritz, Zoologist, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
mike.fritz@nebraska.gov, (402) 471-5419