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Spatio-temporal trends in mercury exposure to New York songbirds: Correlations with climate, habitat, and projecting future change (2020)

Bald eagle mercury exposure varies with region and site elevation in New York, USA. (2020)

Mercury Exposure in Songbird Communities within Sphagnum Bog and Upland Forest Ecosystems in the Adirondack Park (New York, USA) (2020)

Wildlife and Offshore Wind in New York State

BRI has been working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) since 2012 on topics relating to wildlife and offshore wind energy development. This work has included stakeholder engagement, workshops, literature reviews, report development, and other efforts.

Current support for the Environmental Technical Working Group is being led by Kate Williams and Julia Gulka.


NYSERDA has brought together a team of stakeholders for advice on how to advance offshore wind energy development in environmentally responsible ways. The New York State Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG) is made up of offshore wind developers, environmental non-governmental organizations (eNGOs), state and federal regulatory agencies, and others, and provides advice and guidance to help steer the State’s efforts to advance offshore wind development in environmentally responsible ways. BRI provides technical support for this effort.

The web content for the E-TWG has migrated to

State of the Science Workshop

The first State of the Science Workshop, hosted by NYSERDA, was held on November 13-14, 2018. This workshop brought together stakeholders engaged with environmental and wildlife research relevant to offshore wind energy development, to promote coordination and collaboration in efforts along the eastern seaboard from Massachusetts to North Carolina.

The State of the Science web content has migrated to

New York Wildlife and Marine Wind Energy Reports

The Dynamic Ocean: Offshore Wind Energy and Other Activities in the New York Bight (2019)

Offshore wind in the U.S. is being introduced into a highly dynamic and human-influenced system. This 20-page public report summarizes the environmental impacts of offshore wind and other human activities in the marine environment in the New York Bight, and reviews the state's approaches for understanding and minimizing conflicts among human uses while protecting natural resources. Download Report

NYSERDA Environmental Research Program Plan Research Area 4: Marine Wind and Wildlife (2015)
This research plan was developed with input from state and federal regulators, academia, nonprofit organizations, industry, and other stakeholders, and identified key environmental information gaps and research needs for marine wind energy development offshore of New York State. Specifically, the report aims to identify immediate, urgent information needs to ensure that offshore research and monitoring efforts are orchestrated to address the data gaps of greatest need for New York State. Download Report

Advancing the Environmentally Responsible Development of Offshore Wind Energy in New York State: A Regulatory Review and Stakeholder Perceptions (2015)
This report describes the landscape for federal and State environmental and permitting regulations related to offshore wind development in New York State, and summarizes stakeholder perspectives on how to improve or clarify those regulations. The contents of this report were derived through a collaborative process involving a diverse group of federal regulators and managers, State regulators and managers, offshore wind developers, environmental consultants, and national and State-specific eNGOs. Download Report

Photo Credits: White-winged Scoter © Daniel Poleschook; Short-beaked common dolphins © Anthony Pierce; Dogfish shark © Boris Pamikov-shutterstock photo; Big brown bat © Michael Durham; Coldwater coral © stock photo; Loggerhead sea turtle © Kate Sutherland; School of fish © UZPhoto-shutterstock;
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