In the recent NPR Fresh Air podcast The Extraordinary Lives Of Migratory Birds
Author Scott Weidensaul talks about the millions of birds flying unseen over our heads in the night sky, how the bar-tailed godwit can fly more than a week over water without stopping, and how new tracking technology may help with strategies to keep them alive. His book is A World on the Wing.
Davies: Is there anything you can do to mitigate the harm of wind farms that are in critical locations?
Weidensaul: There are! And in fact in one of the things that's being experimented with is equipping wind farms with artificial intelligence and radar capabilities, so that when the IA and the radar detect a large number of birds moving in they shut down the wind farms.
Or in some cases actually in places where there are large endangered birds like California Condors in North America and some species of old world vultures, even just detecting a single large vulture moving into a wind farm will theoretically be able to turn off the turbines in those areas.
Question: Which wind farms are using advanced technology such as radar, artificial intelligence and other tracking information to shut down wind farm turbines when risks are highest for migratory and endangered birds?
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