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Wildlife and Offshore Wind

Two-day Workshop: The State of the Science on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy Development

The first State of the Science Workshop, hosted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is bringing together stakeholders engaged with environmental and wildlife research relevant to offshore wind energy development.

To be added to the workshop mailing list, please send a blank email with subject "Add to SotS workshop email list" to kate.williams@briloon.org (conference organizer on behalf of NYSERDA)

 

Workshop Goals

Workshop goals are to:

  • Engage and inform interested stakeholders about the state of knowledge regarding wildlife and offshore wind energy development, including ongoing efforts to understand, minimize, and mitigate environmental impacts.
  • Promote regional coordination by sharing updates on research studies, guidelines development, and other efforts along the eastern seaboard (Massachusetts to North Carolina).
  • Promote collaboration through expert information exchange and discussion.
 

Participation

The workshop will bring together scientists to present and discuss their research, but it is open to members of the public with prior registration. The poster session and open house (6:30-8:30 pm on November 13) is open to anyone and does not require registration. If you are interested in presenting a poster or having a table for your organization at the evening open house, please email kate.williams@briloon.org.

A more detailed meeting agenda, registration information, and travel/lodging information will be posted soon. 

 

Summary Agenda

 November 13 (10 am - 8:30 pm) and November 14 (8 am - 4:30 pm)

 The Inn at Fox Hollow, Woodbury, Long Island

Workshop sessions are expected to include:

Welcome and Introduction (Presentation): Overview of marine ecosystems and human uses

The Offshore Wind Energy Development Process (Presentations and Q&A/Panel Discussion): (1) Brief overview of current leases, regulations, and the development process; (2) Characteristics and development steps for offshore wind facilities: what does a build look like?

Lower Trophic Levels (Presentations and Q&A/Panel Discussion): Zooplankton/benthos populations and effects of offshore wind energy development

Fish & Fish Habitat (Presentations and Q&A/Panel Discussion): Fish populations and effects of offshore wind energy development

Sea Turtles (Presentations and Q&A/Panel Discussion): Sea turtle populations, survey methods, and effects of offshore development

Marine Mammals (Presentations and Q&A/Panel Discussion): Marine mammal populations, effects of offshore wind development, and mitigation approaches

Birds & Bats (Presentations and Q&A/Panel Discussion): Bird/bat populations, study methods, effects of offshore wind energy development, and mitigation approaches

Ecosystem Perspectives (Presentations and Q&A/Panel Discussion): Indirect effects, artificial reef effects, study design considerations, and cumulative impacts

Panel and Group Discussion: Panel with one member from each previous taxonomic session to discuss cross-cutting issues: Key advances in our understanding, opportunities for collaboration and information exchange, priority research needs and data gaps, etc.

Evening Poster Session & Public Open House: Wildlife Science and Management in Relation to Offshore Wind Energy Development: Includes a poster session and exhibit tables for participating organizations, and allows workshop participants and members of the public to hear more from engaged scientists and managers about their work. If you are interested in having a table for your organization or in presenting a poster the evening of November 13, please email kate.williams@briloon.org

 

POST-WORKSHOP - Optional Side Meetings: There is an opportunity for optional side meetings on November 15 (the day after the main workshop ends). If you are interested in hosting a meeting in conjunction with the Workshop, please contact Kate Williams for more information (kate.williams@briloon.org).

 

Logistics

The meeting will start at 10 am on the 13th and end at 4:30 pm on the 14th to facilitate travel. Hotel rooms for participants will be priced at $152/night, and this rate includes both breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Meeting registration is expected to include a nominal fee to help cover costs other food costs (lunch, coffee breaks). The hotel also offers a free shuttle from the nearest train station.

 Stay tuned for more information. A more detailed meeting agenda, registration information, and travel/lodging information to follow.

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