Wind turbines at Foote Creek Windfarm, Foote Creek, WY.









Graduate seminar
Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation

WLDF 585
Spring 2011
Joe Szewczak

Accelerating global climate change, rising emission of greenhouse gases, global political strife, and the widening gap of rich and poor all underscore the necessity to develop sustainable energy. Energy facilities, production, and byproducts all can affect wildlife, often in unanticipated ways. In the coming decades, wildlife biologists, conservation biologists, environmental scientists, and energy engineers will need to work together to advance energy production in ways that minimize impacts to sensitive species. This graduate seminar will review portions of a newly published book (2011) and selected primary literature to survey established and emerging issues in this topic, such as impacts on sage grouse, caribou, gopher tortoises, migratory birds and bats, and raptors.

Course syllabus