Eagles Fly Safely Near Wind Turbines Thanks to Radar

In order to prevent eagles from being struck by wind turbines, private companies and government agencies are coming together to develop radar systems that can automatically and autonomously identify the birds and shutdown the turbines.
2:19 | 03/18/16

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Transcript for Eagles Fly Safely Near Wind Turbines Thanks to Radar
In. While Eagles are not in endangered species they are protected by law. And as our country develops more and more sources of renewable power we need to protect our natural resources as we do so. The goal is to do everything that we can understand how birds interact with the wind farms. And come up with methodologies to run the wind farms such that we reduce bird strikes. A year and a half two years ago. Eric approached me said he wanted to start his prayer affect birds. We are testing a rare technology. That was originally designed to detect and track small aviation. Aircraft and control the warning lights on turbines. And we're now expanding the capability that's detecting. Traffic Eagles we ready verified that he. He's the reactor detect the the eagle. We're using this to analyze their size terrorist perspective there's been a flight patterns that we can use that information about algorithms. That's a fact that birds and makes the present interest. The ability to this to actually distinguish between. It is protected species nurses and other species not protected very important point of view the wind farm operators. Intent is to detect a bird if it's an eagle and if it's in jeopardy from a wind turbine. Order that wind turbine or group of wind turbines to shut down thereby preventing a strike with a rotating turbine. I am leading the project known as I've done to flight which is a camera based system to detect vehicles that distance. We began development of the technology through collaboration with older imaging back in 2012. The birds have a GPS. They logger. And keep this information and more laid back to our and verified. Accurately. Measuring physician speaking at. Limited shut down a specific turbines is how I can apply protects both Eagles. And the energy production from clean renewable when. I think the coverage is important they really takes you know the private and the public park together to solve this problem. I think it's a perfect example of that.

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