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Maine Audubon Wildlife/Windpower Siting Guidance and Avian/Bat Monitoring Protocol Update to the Commission April 5, 2006 Participants State and Federal Agencies – Advisory Land Use Regulation Commission Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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maine audubon wildlife windpower siting guidance and avian bat monitoring protocol

Maine Audubon Wildlife/Windpower Siting Guidance and Avian/Bat Monitoring Protocol

Update to the Commission

April 5, 2006

participants
Participants
  • State and Federal Agencies – Advisory
    • Land Use Regulation Commission
    • Maine Department of Environmental Protection
    • Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Maine Office of Energy Independence and Security
participants3
Participants
  • Environmental Organizations
    • Maine Audubon - lead
    • Conservation Law Foundation
    • Natural Resources Council of Maine
    • The Wildlife Society
    • Appalachian Mountain Club
participants4
Industry Representatives

Chip Ahrens, Attorney

Linekin Bay Energy

Endless Energy

Passamaquoddy Tribe

Ron Kreisman, Attorney

Ed Holt & Associates

Woodlot Associates

TRC Environmental

UPC Wind Energy

Divine Tarbell

Participants
background
Background

1 - Wildlife and wind power siting guidance

2 - Avian and bat monitoring methodologies

  • Summer of 2005 – A sub-group of wildlife experts began meetings to develop methodologies for avian and bat monitoring
  • Fall 2005 to Winter 2006 - Stakeholder group
    • Continued development of methodologies documents
    • Discussions how and when to monitor birds and bats
    • Discussions on turbine siting guidance
currently
Currently
  • Fifth meeting of the group on April 7th
  • Audubon’s grant money only covered three meetings, Audubon and others funding fourth and fifth meetings
  • Closer to agreement on how monitoring should be done, less close regarding when monitoring should be required
  • Less discussion so far on the siting guidance
  • Still being developed – work in progress
matrix with key themes
Matrix with key “Themes”
  • Unique Natural Communities
  • Significant Wildlife Habitat
  • Endangered and Threatened Animals or Other Special Concern Species
  • Bird and Bat Migration
  • Large Blocks of Interior Forest Habitat
for each theme
For each “Theme”
  • Importance of theme
  • Resources for determining applicability
    • Large Blocks of Interior Forest Habitat – uses BwH approach
  • Impact assessment considerations
    • Bird and Bat Migration, and Large Blocks of Interior Forest Habitat – uses coarse filter approach to determine high, medium, or low potential impacts