Habitat Use of North Padre Island and Laguna Madre Habitats by Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) and Red Knots (Calidris canutus) in the Vicinity of Current and Proposed Wind Energy Development

(2012-2014) – We began this project to identify the locations that were of the most importance to the birds since there were previously very few records of knots in the midwinter.  The tidal flats of the Laguna Madre are vast and unique in their ecological function, and recent development of wind energy in south Texas has begun encroaching on habitats these birds may be using.  We used tracking devices and weekly aerial surveys to identify the habitats that are of most importance to these species and assessed the risk of collision impacts from various current and proposed wind energy projects in south Texas.

  • You can clearly see the radio antennae on this red, white, and blue banded Piping Plover. Photo by Jennifer Wilson.