Special Issue "Bird Mortality Caused by Power Lines"

A special issue of Birds (ISSN 2673-6004).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 2966

Special Issue Editor

CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, InBIO Laboratório Associado, Campus de Vairão, Universidade do Porto, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
Interests: wildlife and infrastructure interactions; impact monitoring and mitigation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tackling climate change will require a profound transformation of the global energy system, which needs to be based on high shares of renewables. Distribution and transmission overhead power lines will play an important role in the clean energy transition, as they ensure the delivery of electricity produced from renewable sources (typically located in remote areas) to end consumers. However, the predicted expansion and upgrading of the electricity grids raises important challenges, but also opportunities, for biodiversity conservation, particularly for birds, as overhead power lines are a significant source of direct mortality.

This Special Issue will consider original or review articles that highlight advances in our understanding and monitoring practices of bird mortality at power lines, caused by electrocutions or collisions with the overhead wires. Studies on the consequences of bird mortality caused by power lines may include assessments at individual or population levels. We also welcome studies on the development and effectiveness evaluation of strategies to reduce bird mortality at any stage of the mitigation hierarchy (avoidance, minimization, and compensation/offsets). Studies that can increase the understanding of powerline-caused bird mortality and their drivers in understudied regions of the world are particularly welcomed.

Dr. Joana L.V. Bernardino
Guest Editor

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  • collision
  • electrocution
  • transmission lines
  • distribution lines
  • monitoring practices
  • mitigation strategies

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Vision-Based Design and Deployment Criteria for Power Line Bird Diverters
Birds 2022, 3(4), 410-422; https://doi.org/10.3390/birds3040028 - 09 Dec 2022
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The design of bird diverters should be based upon the perception of birds, not the perception of humans, but until now it is human vision that has guided diverter design. Aspects of bird vision pertinent to diverter design are reviewed. These are applied [...] Read more.
The design of bird diverters should be based upon the perception of birds, not the perception of humans, but until now it is human vision that has guided diverter design. Aspects of bird vision pertinent to diverter design are reviewed. These are applied in an example that uses Canada Geese Branta canadensis as a putative worst-case example of a collision-prone species. The proposed design uses an achromatic checkerboard pattern of high contrast whose elements match the low spatial resolution of these birds when they are active under twilight light levels. The detectability of the device will be increased by movement, and this is best achieved with a device that rotates on its own axis driven by the wind. The recommended spacing of diverters along a power line is based upon the maximum width of the bird’s binocular field and the linear distance that it subtends at a distance sufficient to allow a bird to alter its flight path before possible impact. Given the worst-case nature of this example, other bird species should detect and avoid such a device. The basic design can be modified for use with specific target species if sufficient is known about their vision. Field trials of devices based on these design criteria are now required. Full article
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