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Maine Research Group to Study How Birds and Bats Avoid Wind Turbines
By Jennifer Mitchell
A Maine wildlife science research center is receiving $1.1 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy to help answer some of the unknowns about wind power development.
"A big question we have as biologists is how are birds avoiding wind turbines." says Wing Goodale, deputy director of Biodiversity Research Institute, a science center headquartered in Portland. The money, he says, will be used on a series of innovative cameras developed by an aerial survey team in the United Kingdom, which can be mounted on wind turbines. The stereoscopic lenses will capture in-depth, 3-D images, recording bird and bat behavior.
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