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Block Island offers bird insights

Wind farm hosts tracking device for US study of migration patterns

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Deepwater Wind is partnering with US government researchers and academics in a study of bird activity off the Atlantic coast.

The company has installed a tracking device on the easternmost foundation platform at its 30MW Block Island offshore wind farm.

The device collects data on the migrating patterns of birds and bats that scientists have previously tagged with high-frequency transmitters.

It is one of over 40 tracking stations along the US east coast that will be active until mid-October, and then re-deployed next spring for the study.

The research partners come from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Rhode Island  and the University of Massachusetts.

The studies are funded by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to provide data on offshore movements of high priority species, such as piping plovers and the rufa red knot.

Deepwater Wind chief executive Jeffrey Grybowski said: “It’s our privilege to be part of cutting-edge research that will help scientists learn more about some of the country’s most important bird and bat species.”

Image: Deepwater Wind

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