James Dwyer with EDM International, Inc will present on his scientific study focused on the powerlines at Rowe Sanctuary. Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes (Grus Americana) die annually in collisions with power lines at the Iain Nicolson Center at Rowe Sanctuary (Rowe). Collisions occur even though the power line at Rowe is marked with devices intended to increase the visibility of wires to cranes in flight. To address this, we designed and tested an ultraviolet light (UV-A) Avian Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) at Rowe. In a randomized study, we documented 48 Sandhill Crane collisions when the ACAS was off and only 1 Sandhill Crane collision when the ACAS was on. This presentation will discuss the study in detail and provide explore the potential impact of these results to mitigation avian collision globally.
This presentation is free and open to the public.