Pilot Golden Eagle Population Study in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area California

    Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


    The report details the results of field studies conducted during 1994 in Altamont Pass. (KENETECH Windpower provided start up funding during January and February 1994. NREL support began March 1, 1994.) The primary purpose of the investigation is to lay the groundwork for determining whether or not turbine strikes and other hazards related to energy at Altamont Pass may be expected to affectgolden eagles on a population basis. The authors also seek an understanding of the physical and biotic circumstances which attract golden eagles to the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area within the context of the surrounding landscape and the conditions under which they are killed by wind turbines. Such knowledge may suggest turbine-related or habitat modifications that would result in a lowerincidence of eagle mortality.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages230
    StatePublished - 1995

    Bibliographical note

    Work performed by the Predatory Bird Research Group, University of California, Santa Cruz, California

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-441-7821


    • Altamont Pass
    • avian interactions
    • Golden Eagles
    • wind energy environmental impacts


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