Full Title: Avian Mortality at Solar Energy Facilities in Southern California: A Preliminary Analysis
Author(s): Rebecca A. Kagan, Tabitha C. Viner, Pepper W. Trail, and Edgard O. Espinoza
Publisher(s): National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory
Publication Date: 4/2014


This report summarizes data on bird mortality at three solar energy facilities in southern California: Desert Sunlight, Genesis, and Ivanpah. These facilities use different solar technologies, but avian mortality was document at each site. Desert Sunlight is a photovoltaic facility, Genesis employs a trough system with parabolic mirrors, and Ivanpah uses a power tool as a focal point for solar flux.