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      Predicting strike susceptibility and collision patterns of the common buzzard at wind turbine structures in the federal state of Brandenburg, Germany

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          With the increase in wind turbines, bird collisions have developed as a potential hazard. In the federal state of Brandenburg, Germany, despite the on-going mitigation efforts of increasing the distances of wind turbines from the breeding areas of the more severely affected populations of red kites ( Milvus milvus), the additional detrimental influences on the buzzard populations ( Buteo buteo) have added to the challenges for wind power expansion. Using data on the regional distribution of the buzzards, along with their carcass detections around the wind turbines (WTs), we aimed to better understand their collision distribution patterns in relation to their habitat use patterns to predict their exposure to collision risk using boosted regression trees (BRTs). Additionally, we integrated the developed collision potential map with the regional density map of buzzards to identify areas of increased strike susceptibility in turbine installations. Our study showed that the buzzard collisions were primarily concentrated at the turbines situated at sensitive distances from the edges of watercourses (>1000 metres), as well as those along the edges of grasslands (>750 metres), in the green open areas around/areas with minimal settlements (750 metres-1750 metres), and along the edges of bushlands (>1500 metres), together explaining 58% of the variance in their collision distribution. Conclusively, our study is applicable to conservation because it demonstrates the identification of potential collision areas along with the causes of the collisions, in addition to demonstrating the benefits of incorporating a species collision dataset as a proxy for species presence into species distribution models to make informed management decisions to eventually combat biodiversity loss.

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                PLoS One
                PLoS ONE
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                PLoS ONE
                Public Library of Science (San Francisco, CA USA )
                1932-6203
                24 January 2020
                2020
                : 15
                : 1
                Affiliations
                [1 ] UFZ–Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Department of Conservation Biology, Permoserstraße, Leipzig, Germany
                [2 ] Brandenburg State Agency for Environment, Brandenburg State Bird Conservation Centre, Nennhausen, Germany
                Michigan State University, UNITED STATES
                Author notes

                Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

                Article
                PONE-D-19-19679
                10.1371/journal.pone.0227698
                6980603
                31978066
                6d12957d-74f6-47d2-ac66-32d9121f6157
                © 2020 Bose et al

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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                Figures: 11, Tables: 4, Pages: 25
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                Funded by: funder-id http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100001655, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst;
                Award ID: 91540899
                Award Recipient :
                Funded by: EU 7th Framework Program
                Award ID: 226852
                Award Recipient :
                Funded by: funder-id http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100005910, Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit;
                Award ID: 3515822700
                Award Recipient :
                Anushika Bose was funded by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst with a PhD Scholarship (ID 91540899). Reinhard A. Klenke was supported by the project SCALES – Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales of the EU 7th Framework Program (Grant Agreement 226852) and Naturschutzfachliches Monitoring des Ausbaus der Erneuerbaren Energien im Strombereich und Entwicklung von Instrumenten zur Verminderung der Beeinträchtigung von Natur und Landschaft of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Grant No. 3515822700).
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                Engineering and Technology
                Energy and Power
                Alternative Energy
                Wind Power
                Biology and Life Sciences
                Organisms
                Eukaryota
                Animals
                Vertebrates
                Amniotes
                Birds
                Earth Sciences
                Geography
                Human Geography
                Land Use
                Social Sciences
                Human Geography
                Land Use
                People and places
                Geographical locations
                Europe
                European Union
                Germany
                Engineering and Technology
                Energy and Power
                Alternative Energy
                Engineering and Technology
                Management Engineering
                Decision Analysis
                Decision Trees
                Research and Analysis Methods
                Decision Analysis
                Decision Trees
                Biology and Life Sciences
                Population Biology
                Population Metrics
                Population Density
                Biology and Life Sciences
                Ecology
                Plant Ecology
                Plant Communities
                Grasslands
                Ecology and Environmental Sciences
                Ecology
                Plant Ecology
                Plant Communities
                Grasslands
                Biology and Life Sciences
                Plant Science
                Plant Ecology
                Plant Communities
                Grasslands
                Ecology and Environmental Sciences
                Terrestrial Environments
                Grasslands
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                All data files are available from the Dryad Digital Repository (Bose et al. 2018) (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.j1h2v).

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