Birds and Bats!

Impacts on birds and bats by big powerlines

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (A great resource for checking out the local birds and other wildlife within 3 miles of a location).  The protected status of a species is shown in the Status column with these values:

FE=Federal Endangered;    FT=Federal Threatened;    SE=State Endangered;    ST=State Threatened;    FP=Federal Proposed;    FC=Federal Candidate;    FS=Federal Species of Concern;    CC=Collection Concern

Sample output centered on Antioch Church (go to the site and enter your address to get a report for your area)

Observations reported or potential habitat occurs within a 3 mile radius around point Antioch Populated Place Prince William (at 38,51,32.4 -77,41,09.9) in 061 Fauquier County, 153 Prince William County, VA
601 Known or Likely Species ordered by Status Concern for Conservation
(displaying first 32) (32 species with Status* or Tier I** or Tier II** )
BOVA Code Status* Tier** Common Name Scientific Name
010032 FESE II Sturgeon, Atlantic Acipenser oxyrinchus
060003 FESE II Wedgemussel, dwarf Alasmidonta heterodon
060006 SE II Floater, brook Alasmidonta varicosa
030062 ST I Turtle, wood Glyptemys insculpta
040096 ST I Falcon, peregrine Falco peregrinus
040129 ST I Sandpiper, upland Bartramia longicauda
040293 ST I Shrike, loggerhead Lanius ludovicianus
040379 ST I Sparrow, Henslow’s Ammodramus henslowii
060081 ST II Floater, green Lasmigona subviridis
040292 ST Shrike, migrant loggerhead Lanius ludovicianus migrans
050022 FP Bat, northern long-eared Myotis septentrionalis
010038 FC IV Alewife Alosa pseudoharengus
010045 FC Herring, blueback Alosa aestivalis
100248 FS I Fritillary, regal Speyeria idalia idalia
040093 FS II Eagle, bald Haliaeetus leucocephalus
100154 FS II Butterfly, Persius duskywing Erynnis persius persius
100166 FS II Skipper, Dotted Hesperia attalus slossonae
060029 FS III Lance, yellow Elliptio lanceolata
030063 CC III Turtle, spotted Clemmys guttata
030012 CC IV Rattlesnake, timber Crotalus horridus
010077 I Shiner, bridle Notropis bifrenatus
040372 I Crossbill, red Loxia curvirostra
040225 I Sapsucker, yellow-bellied Sphyrapicus varius
040319 I Warbler, black-throated green Dendroica virens
040306 I Warbler, golden-winged Vermivora chrysoptera
040052 II Duck, American black Anas rubripes
040036 II Night-heron, yellow-crowned Nyctanassa violacea violacea
040213 II Owl, northern saw-whet Aegolius acadicus
040105 II Rail, king Rallus elegans
040320 II Warbler, cerulean Dendroica cerulea
040304 II Warbler, Swainson’s Limnothlypis swainsonii
040266 II Wren, winter Troglodytes troglodytes


One Reply to “Birds and Bats!”


    The US Fish and Wildlife Service published a news release on April 1st, 2015 notifying the public that it has listed the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species (so you may want to change its status on your webpage from “Federal Proposed” to “Threatened”). I raise this issue because areas encompassed by the proposed Haymarket transmission line routes are within the bats’ habitat. The news bulletin also noted that USFWS had issued an interim ruling regarding impacts to the bat population’s environment:

    “For areas of the country affected by white-nose syndrome, the measures provided in the interim 4(d) rule exempt “take” (a term under the ESA that includes harming, harassing or killing a listed species) resulting from certain activities. These activities include forest management practices, maintenance and limited expansion of transportation and utility rights-of-way, removal of trees and brush to maintain prairie habitat, and limited tree-removal projects, provided these activities protect known maternity roosts and hibernation caves.”

    The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s website published an article (“Co-ops OK with Threatened Bat Ruling”) on April 3rd, 2015 that elaborates on the interim 4(d) ruling:

    “… the listing includes an interim rule that will allow co-ops to conduct routine maintenance within existing rights of way or corridors while they follow conservation measures. Co-ops also will be able to expand a right of way up to 100 feet from an existing corridor. They can continue to remove or manage trees that threaten safety or grid reliability in accordance to the listing’s special rule.”

    The docket number for the USFWS 4(d) rulemaking is FWS–R5–ES–2011–0024
    The USFWS press release may be found at
    The electric cooperative’s article is at

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