UNBC Biology Professor Dr. Ken Otter says the project began in 2007, just prior to the construction of the wind farm.
He says it came about after several worldwide studies showed a major impact between the projects and birds, particularly, raptors or birds of prey.
However, this particular study has shown almost the opposite.
“In the pre-construction (of Dokie 1) some of those birds were actually crossing the ridge lines where the turbines were being proposed at heights that would have put them in the same kind of airspace as the turbines, themselves. After construction, the birds would adjust their heights…they were simply flying higher than the pre-construction period.”
The Dokie Wind Project is the largest of its kind in BC, and is made up of 48 turbines.