Gainesville, FL — Normandeau Scientists Christine Sutter, Vice President and Bat Team Lead, Dr. Greg Forcey, CWD, and Senior Scientist, and Lauren Hooton, Wildlife and Bat Biologist, presented their paper, "Reductions in Bat Mortality at Wind Facilities Vary Depending on Operational Curtailment Strategy," at The Wildlife Society's (TWS) 23rd Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. The findings examine the effects of different operational curtailment strategies on bat mortality at a wind facility in Ontario Canada. The annual conference is one of the largest meetings of wildlife professionals in the country focused on science-based education and best practices in wildlife management.
Christine (Crissy) Sutter has over 20 years of experience in bat and wildlife ecology including an in-depth knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to protected species and natural resources. Sutter is also co-inventor of the ReBAT bat acoustic monitoring system.
Dr. Greg Forcey is an expert in avian ecology, spatial modeling, and risk assessment. He is current chair of The Wildlife Society's Renewable Energy Working Group and past chair of The Wildlife Society's Spatial Ecology and Telemetry Working Group.
Before joining Normandeau, Lauren Hooton worked in Canada for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the District Municipality of Muskoka. Her recent focus on post-construction bat mortality data provides the wind industry optimal methods for balancing bat conservation and energy production.