Midwest Region - Ohio Ecological Services Office Conserving the nature of America


Wind Turbine against a cloudy sky.

Wind Power

Although wind power is generally considered a form of "green energy" due to the lack of fossil fuels, emissions, and water use, turbines have been documented to kill migratory birds and bats, including federally-listed bats at some locations. The Ohio Ecological Services Field Office is working with partners to conserve migratory birds, bats, and their habitats at wind power projects.

In concert with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, we recommend pre- and post-construction wildlife monitoring at proposed wind power sites throughout the state, based on habitat within the project area and known occurrences of protected species. For more information check the Service’s Land Based Wind Energy Guidance and Ohio Department of Natural Resources' On-Shore Bird and Bat Pre- and Post-Construction Monitoring Protocol for Commercial Wind Energy Facilities in Ohio. We recommend that wind developers contact us early in the planning process so that wildlife surveys can be completed well before an application is made to the Ohio Power Siting Board for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need.

Through coordination with a wide range of public and private stakeholders, we work to address broad-ranging wildlife and wind power issues on a state-wide scale.  See the links below for more information on specific topics.


More Information

> Indiana bats and Wind Power

> USFWS Midwest Region Wind Energy

> Bird Migration along the Great Lakes Shoreline

> USFWS Eagle Management

> ODNR Division of Wildlife, Wind Energy