As with terrestrial wind farms, electrical power lines, and mobile phone towers, etc., proper placement of any structure is critical to minimize the impact to resident and migratory birds off the Oregon coast. Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during the past year we finished a report that integrated datasets of breeding colony sizes and locations along the coast with vessel-based surveys of seabird distribution at sea. Results of this project are being used to help inform coastal marine spatial planning decisions and serve as an information gap analysis for planning future studies where data are deficient.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, Oregon
Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies, Oregon State University, Newport, Oregon
NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Hammond, Oregon
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Newport, Oregon
Publications and Reports:
Suryan, R.M., K.J. So, E.M. Phillips, J.E. Zamon, R.W. Lowe, S.W. Stephensen. 2012. Seabird colony and at-sea distribution along the Oregon coast: Implications for offshore energy facility placement and information gap analysis. Report to the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, Oregon State University. http://hdl.handle.net/1957/30569