Ponnequin Wind Energy Project: Reference Site Avian Study, 1 January 1998 - 31 December 1998

NREL, Karin Sinclair (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


This report summarizes the results of surveys completed during the period January 1, 1998, through December 31, 1998, at the Ponnequin Wind Energy Project in Weld County, Colorado. The surveys were conducted at two reference sites, and include a pre-construction avian abundance and use survey and raptor nesting, prey, and carcass surveys. The reference sites were situated immediately to the westof the project site in Weld County, Colorado, and 4.8 kilometers to the north of the site in Laramie County, Wyoming. The surveys were conducted along two 800-meter (m) main transects at each site with two 400-m (by 100-m) perpendicular transects. About 30 complete surveys were completed during the year, with a greater frequency of surveys in the late spring and early autumn. The surveysrevealed mostly common species, with no endangered or threatened species on the sites. Small numbers of raptors were observed on or near the project and reference areas. During the winter, avian use and abundance was minimal. Prey species consisted primarily of thirteen-lined ground squirrels and northern pocket gophers. Two songbird carcasses were found. The results of these surveys, combinedwith data from several more months of surveys, will be compared to surveys conducted after construction of the wind farm.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages35
StatePublished - 2000

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Richard Curry Associates, McLean, Virginia and Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-500-27546


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