Ambio

, Volume 45, Issue 7, pp 831–840

Post-fledging movements of white-tailed eagles: Conservation implications for wind-energy development

  • Fabio Balotari-Chiebao
  • Alexandre Villers
  • Asko Ijäs
  • Otso Ovaskainen
  • Sari Repka
  • Toni Laaksonen
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DOI: 10.1007/s13280-016-0783-8

Cite this article as:
Balotari-Chiebao, F., Villers, A., Ijäs, A. et al. Ambio (2016) 45: 831. doi:10.1007/s13280-016-0783-8

Abstract

The presence of poorly sited wind farms raises concerns for wildlife, including birds of prey. Therefore, there is a need to extend the knowledge of the potential human–wildlife conflicts associated with wind energy. Here, we report on the movements and habitat use of post-fledging satellite-tagged white-tailed eagles in Finland, where wind-energy development is expected to increase in the near future. In particular, we examine the probability of a fledgling approaching a hypothetical turbine that is placed at different distances from the nest. We found that this probability is high at short distances but considerably decreases with increasing distances to the nest. A utilisation–availability analysis showed that the coast was the preferred habitat. We argue that avoiding construction between active nests and the shoreline, as well as adopting the currently 2-km buffer zone for turbine deployment, can avoid or minimise potential impacts on post-fledging white-tailed eagles.

Keywords

Wind energy Post-fledging White-tailed eagle Movements Habitat use Conservation 

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© Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabio Balotari-Chiebao
    • 2
  • Alexandre Villers
    • 1
    • 2
  • Asko Ijäs
    • 3
  • Otso Ovaskainen
    • 4
    • 5
  • Sari Repka
    • 3
  • Toni Laaksonen
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé, UMR 7372CNRS - Université de la RochelleVilliers en BoisFrance
  2. 2.Section of Ecology, Department of BiologyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Brahea Centre, Centre for Maritime StudiesUniversity of TurkuPoriFinland
  4. 4.Department of BiosciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  5. 5.Department of BiologyUniversity of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway