Identiflight and Windfarms?
As most of us know, wind farms do kill some raptors, and other birds and bats. But technology is contributing to the conservation of eagles at windfarms with IdentiFlight®, a machine vision system being tested at the Top of the World windfarm in Rolling Hills, WY. Tom Hiester, Senior Vice-President, Strategy, for RES (Renewable Energy Systems), leads the IdentiFlight® technology development, and he will describe the technology, its status of deployment, and testing. Tom has nearly 40 years in the renewable energy business as a project and technology developer. IdentiFlight is high-precision optical technology used to detect eagles and protect them from collisions with rotating wind turbine blades. Automatic detection of birds, and the determination if it is an eagle, occur within seconds for eagles flying anywhere within a one kilometer hemisphere around the IdentiFlight tower. If an eagle’s speed and flight path indicate risk of collision with a wind turbine, a signal is generated to shut down that specific wind turbine, so that the probability of impact with rotating turbine blades is substantially reduced or eliminated. By empowering wind farm operators with signals to make highly targeted, informed and objective curtailment decisions, unnecessary and costly interruptions are avoided and legally protected species are conserved. The eagle photo was taken with the IndentiFlight system at about 700 meters. The program will be on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7 PM at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd. And as always, the program is free and open to the public!!
Our first Owl Prowl will be this upcoming Friday, March 17th, 2017. We will be meeting at the Menard’s Parking lot at 6:30pm and leaving for Box Elder Canyon at 6:45pm sharp. Please bring the appropriate clothing and flashlights/headlights, as it will be dark once we get to the canyon.
Owl Prowl to Box Elder Canyon
Friday, March 17th, 2017
Menard’s Parking Lot at 6:30pm.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Murie Audubon will have a field trip to the Jackson Canyon Eagle Roost on Saturday, Feb 18. We will meet at 3:00 PM at the Goose Egg Inn parking lot. That is about 200 yards south of Wyoming 220 on Goose Egg Rd. I even think that the Highway Department has a sign that says Goose Egg Rd. The Highway Department has its own name for roads around here, and only about half the time does the Highway sign list the same name as that assigned by the County.
My ranch hand took some friends up to the roost last night, and he said the biggest problem is slipping in the mud. He only saw 6 eagles, but he was back before dark. He also said there were lots of robins and some Clark’s Nutcrackers. This hike is energetic, climbing about 700 feet in a mile and a half on mud and rocks. Bring a flashlight because we will come down in the dark. Also, even if it is warm and calm in Casper, it will be cold and windy on the edge of Jackson Canyon. Call Stacey Scott at 262-0055 before 8:00 PM for more details.
What Ducks Eat and Why Does It Matter?
Have you ever observed a wild duck in a pond or marsh while it is eating “something” in the water? Have you ever wondered what in the world that duck is finding in this water?
Wyoming Game and Fish Migratory Bird biologist Nate Huck will be our guest speaker at the February meeting. Nate is a Wisconsin native where he got his Undergraduate degree; he got his master’s degree in Texas. Nate will talk to us about what ducks eat and why what they eat matters ecologically.
Murie Audubon’s programs are free and open to the public. The program will be on Friday, February 10, 2017, at 7 PM at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd.
(Note – we will not be hosting the Annual Murie Audubon Society Banquet and Fundraiser in February.)
Lewis Hein will be the guest speaker to kick off the new year.
Lewis spent 10 weeks from mid June to mid August in a tiny town exactly in the middle of Panama, studying the effects of sleep on learning in bats and paper wasps. At least, that was what he was supposed to be doing. In reality his group could do almost nothing for seven of these ten weeks while they waited for a building. Meanwhile, he set about doing and learning as many interesting things as possible: exploring Pipeline Road, a
world renowned birding location, mist netting for bats, and other rain foresty activities. Along the way, he accumulated many sights and adventures, including a ride to the treetops in a Smithsonian operated canopy crane, trips on one of the most interesting bus systems in Central America, and a run in with the Panamanian police.
Murie Audubon’s programs are free and open to the public. The program will be on
Friday, January 13, 2017, at 7 PM at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blv