The U.S. Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has released draft guidelines on protecting wildlife from the adverse impacts of wind turbines. According to FWS, the guidelines are intended to promote compliance with the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Golden Eagle Protection Act, and other relevant wildlife laws.

Issues that the guidelines address include preliminary evaluation and screening, site characterization, pre-construction monitoring and assessments, postconstruction monitoring and assessments, and research. The guidelines will be available for public comment for 90 days after publication in the Federal Register.