The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) formally announced the creation of a wind and avian research studies institute during its annual conference. AWEA is aiming to deal with the topic of wind farm and avian habitats proactively to avoid past problems often caused by misunderstanding. Ways to set up the institute and fund it will now be worked out among stakeholders. "The vote was the green light," says AWEA's Christine Real De Azua. "This is the next building block on all the work that's already been going on with cooperative research on birds and bats."