Wildlife Response &Reporting System WRRS Avian Program – FPL Energy
Operating Under construction/ advanced development (as of 8/06) FPL Energy Wind Portfolio North Dakota Stateline Wilton Oliver WPP93 Waymart Vansycle South Dakota Montfort Mill Run Lake Benton II Mower Wyoming Diablo Wind WPP90 WPP91 WPP91-92 WPP92 Green Ridge High Winds Long Island Offshore Wind Park Green Mountain Hancock Somerset Meyersdale Cerro Gordo Mountaineer Gray County Mojave 3 & 5 Mojave 16/17/18 Sky River TPC Victory Garden Oklahoma New Mexico WPP93 Weatherford Red Canyon Cabazon WPP94 Green Power Callahan Divide Horse Hollow (HH) Delaware Mt. HH II Southwest Mesa Woodward Mt. Indian Mesa King Mt. HH III
Objectives • Introduce FPLE’s environmental commitment • Describe the PGD Wildlife Management Program and the Wildlife Response and Reporting System (WRRS). • Provide example of a wildlife inspection at a wind turbines • Demonstrate procedures for responding to a wildlife incidents.
FPL Group Environmental Commitment “We believe meeting the demand for cost-effective production of electric power must go hand-in-hand with preserving, protecting and enhancing our environment.”
Wind Energy • Wind energy is one of the lowest-impact energy sources in the FPL Group Fleet. It produces no air or water pollution; waste production is minimal. • There are some impacts, however. The industry has determined that birds and bats will occasionally fly into wind turbines and are injured or killed. • FPL Energy is committed to fully understanding this issue. We have invested millions of dollars in research to understand and mitigate. Your assistance in helping the company to understand this issue is crucial.
Federal Laws “Whoever, ...shall ...take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, at any time or in any manner, any bald eagle, commonly known as the American eagle, or any golden eagle, alive or dead, or any part, nest, or egg thereof of the forgoing eagles, ...shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than one year or both for each such violation.” Bald Eagle Protection Act - 16 U.S.C.S. 668 (a) “...it shall be unlawful at any time, by any means or in any manner, to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill,attempt to take, capture or kill, possess, offer for sale, sell, offer to barter, barter, offer to purchase, purchase, deliver for shipment, ship, export, import, cause to be shipped, exported, or imported, deliver for transportation, transport or cause to be transported, carry or cause to be carried, or receive for shipment, transportation, carriage, or export, any migratory bird, any part, nest, or egg of any such bird, or any product, whether or not manufactured, which consists, or is composed in whole or part, of any such bird or any part, nest, or egg thereof...” Migratory Bird Treaty Act - 16 U.S.C.S. 703
State Laws • State protected species will vary from state to state, and sometimes between counties within the same state. • Check with the State Fish & Game Department for a current list of State Protected Species.
Power Generation Division (PGD) Expectation You may not touch any bird, bat or other animal, regardless of the species, unless you have a federal permit and have PGD permission.
Wildlife Management Program and Wildlife Response and Reporting System • The Wildlife Management Program is a set of processes, procedures and training for managing wildlife issues at FPLE facilities. • The Wildlife Response and Reporting System (WRRS) is a specific set of processes, procedures and training for monitoring, responding to, and reporting bird or bat injuries and fatalities at FPLE Wind Turbines
To create your sites’ Wildlife Management Program Create your sites’ Wildlife Management Program Summary Establish Site Training Establish procedures on how to report any dead or injured wildlife found on site. Develop the habit of doing Avian Surveys Know who to send what to and when to send it…
1. Wildlife Management Program Summary • Create a site Wildlife Management Program Summary Sheet • Insert appropriate names and phone numbers. • Find a local, permitted rehabilitation center willing to handle any injured birds if necessary. • Insert all Regulatory Agency's contact information. • Print and post the completed Summary Sheet • Send copy of your Wildlife Management Program Summary Sheet to XsomeoneX • Update this Summary Sheet every year
2. Establish Site Training • Ensure all site personnel are aware of the safety risks associated with wildlife and the laws protecting all native wildlife. • All site personnel should be made aware of company expectations and all wildlife procedures. • Training should be documented and repeated quarterly. • Documentation = Send email to XsomeoneX indicating training has been completed. Include the individuals’ names who participated and topics discussed. • Any visitors, contractors, or others on site should be made aware of the sites’ Wildlife Program as well. Document as well.
WRRS Avian Program • As wind energy continues to grow, it is important to understand the potential impacts of our facilities on wildlife – especially birds and bats. • FPLE has voluntarily developed the WRRS Avian Program as a pro-active method of monitoring and recording birds and bats that are impacted by wind turbines
What is one of Field Maintenance’s role? FIND AND REPORT BIRDS/BATS!!
Safety Concerns • AVIAN SURVEYS: Use caution when while looking for birds. • Tripping Hazards; holes, steep cliffs, marsh areas • Wear appropriate shoes. • Snakes • Wear snake chaps if necessary. • AVIAN FATALITIES: Do not touch any dead wildlife. • Diseases • INJURED BIRDS: Do not approach or attempt to capture an injured bird. • Talons will puncture through most gloves
3. Promote Avian Surveys • Surveys are to be completed at every turbine visited throughout the day. • All surveys should be entered on the Survey Record Sheet and sent to XsomeoneX on the last day of the month. • Surveys are mandatory, unless there are safety risks or landowner property concerns. If this is the case document why a survey was not preformed on the Survey Record Sheet.
Wildlife Inspection Procedures • Determine if you can safely walk around the turbine. • Slowly walk a circle around the turbine foundation looking for birds and bats (~2 min). • Walk 30 ft from the base of the turbine. Slowly walk another circle around the turbine keeping 30 ft from the base; look for birds and bats to the right and left (~5 min). • Walk out an additional 60 feet (now 90 feet out) and circle the turbine a third time while continuing to look for birds/bats. (~5 min) • Document the survey was completed or why it could not be completed. Should be done in a format that can easily be referenced in future. • Include in work orders • Include in pre-existing monthly maintenance checks
Establish Wildlife Response ProceduresAVIAN FATALITY • When a bird/bat fatality is found: • DO NOT TOUCH THE BIRD/BAT. • Site Lead will be notified. • Site Lead will notify JES. • Site Personnel will complete the appropriate Avian Incident Report, take photographs (do not touch the bird/bat), and send them to XsomeoneX. • XsomeoneX will report the incident as necessary; internally and to outside regulatory agencies.
What to Report? • Any dead bird/bat found within windplant boundaries. • Any species – pigeons, ducks, crows, pheasants, sparrows… • Five or more feathers, individual wings, legs… • Bird bones (hollow)
Filling out Report Form • Be complete. Answer ALL questions with detailed information. • Do not list cause of death; list facts. • Correct: Bird was horizontally severed in half. • Wrong: Bird was chopped in half by turbine blade. • Add as much information as you can.
Report the Incident • Contact JES as soon as bird is found, then continue with procedures. • Email completed incident report and all photographs to XsomeoneX. This must be done within 48 hours. (or by the last day of the month; whichever comes first)
Establish Wildlife Response ProceduresAVIAN INJURY • When an injured bird/bat is found: • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CAPTURE THE BIRD/BAT. Monitor from a distance. • Notify Site Lead. Continue to monitor the bird. • Site Lead will notify JES and contact the local rehabilitation center who may attempt to capture bird. • If they come out to capture bird, help them as you are instructed. • If they do not come out, leave the bird alone. Monitor over next couple days. • Site Personnel will complete the appropriate Avian Incident Report, take photographs (do not touch the bird/bat), and send them to XsomeoneX. • XsomeoneX will report the incident as necessary; internally and to outside regulatory agencies.