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!!
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
MURIE’S NOVEMBER PROGRAM FEATURES BIRD BINGO
Join us, for a night of light-hearted fun and a chance to practice some new birds. Bird Bingo puts a new spin and educational insights on birds. You’ll be excited to see some of your favorites, but also included, but you may possibly walk on the wild side, with weird and exotic species as well. This experience is sure to be fun for all ages! The event will be held at our regular location, the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Building, 2211 King
Blvd. at 7pm.
Murie’s October Program Features Extinct Birds
An imaginary tour of the world from 1500 B.C. forward will feature vanished bird species from around the world. Russell Hawley, education specialist for the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College, will be our guide. The tour will include a look at the passenger pigeon, the moa, the du, and the elephant bird of Madagascar – the largest bird that ever lived.
Murie Audubon’s programs are free and open to the public. The program will be on Friday, October 14, 2016, at 7 PM at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd.
PROGRAM CHAIR—Bruce Walgren