Bats, bugs, and wind turbines [electronic resource] : is there a connection? /Show full item record
|Title||Bats, bugs, and wind turbines [electronic resource] : is there a connection? /|
|Author||Cochran, Courtenay Danielle|
|Abstract||Large numbers of migratory tree-bats are being killed at wind turbines worldwide and it remains unclear why this is happening. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that prey items for bats are abundant in the immediate vicinity of wind turbines. During the 2012 fall migratory season (July to October), we used light taps and malaise traps to sample the aerial invertebrate community at Wolf Ridge Wind, LLC, in north-central Texas. Overall, we collected more invertebrates and a greater number of species earlier in the season compared to later in the season and the use of malaise traps significantly added to invertebrate diversity yielded by light traps. Invertebrate abundance and species richness did not differ between the base of turbines and 400 m away, but compilation of data from previous bat diet studies suggested that the area around wind turbines provided foraging resources for local bats. Further research is needed, however, to determine if bats are attracted to wind turbines as a foraging resource.|
|Description||Title from thesis title page (viewed Jul. 22, 2013).
Thesis--Texas Christian University, 2013.
Department of Geology, Energy and the Environment; advisor, Amanda Hale.
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
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