Midwest Region Conserving the nature of America

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
in the Midwest

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Find a location near you.

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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Open field with a row of 6 wind turbines.

Photo Courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Lab

How to Avoid Wildlife Impacts
Resources for Wind Energy Developers

 

Guidance

Land-based Wind Energy Guidance - These Voluntary Guidelines serve as a framework for the Service and project proponents to guide coordination, risk assessment, and development of avoidance and mitigation measures.   

Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance Adobe PDF Icon - Explains the Service’s approach to issuing eagle "take" permits and provides guidance to applicants and biologists for conservation practices and adaptive management necessary to meet standards required for issuance of permits and compliance with the Eagle Act.

Indiana Bat: Section 7 and Section 10 - We developed this guidance to help U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists assess the impacts of wind energy projects on Indiana bats. We are sharing this guidance with  interested parties as they may find the guidance helpful in understanding the underlying rationale for our impact analyses and for guiding project development to avoid and minimize impacts to Indiana bats.

 

Maps

Locations for proposed wind projects should be assessed for their potential impact on birds and bats before advanced project planning and making final decisions. Depending on the size of the facility and its location, a study may be necessary to characterize use of a site by birds and bats. Because some studies may take up to several years to complete, early involvement of resource agencies, including the Service, is imperative.

Biological Resources Maps - show sensitive areas for bird migration or of high bird concentrations.

Wind Potential Maps

 

Meeting Results

Results of Meetings about Wind Energy Development and Wildlife

 

State Specific Information

State Information

 

Research Results and Study Protocols

Scientific References

 


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