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Slaughter: Wind farms kill 67 eagles in 5 years

 
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Slaughter: Wind farms kill 67 eagles in 5 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists.

The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation’s growing wind energy industry, which has been a pillar of President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the pollution blamed for global warming. Wind power releases no air pollution.

But at a minimum, the scientists wrote, wind farms in 10 states have killed at least 85 eagles since 1997, with most deaths occurring between 2008 and 2012, as the industry was greatly expanding. Most deaths — 79 — were golden eagles that struck wind turbines. One of the eagles counted in the study was electrocuted by a power line.

The president of the American Bird Conservancy, Mike Parr, said the tally was “an alarming and concerning finding.”

A trade group, the American Wind Energy Association, said in a statement that the figure was much lower than other causes of eagle deaths. The group said it was working with the government and conservation groups to find ways to reduce eagle casualties.

Still, the scientists said their figure is likely to be “substantially” underestimated, since companies report eagledeaths voluntarily and only a fraction of those included in their total were discovered during searches for dead birds by wind-energy companies. The study also excluded the deadliest place in the country for eagles, a cluster of wind farms in a northern California area known as Altamont Pass. Wind farms built there decades ago kill more than 60 per year...


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Re: Slaughter: Wind farms kill 67 eagles in 5 years
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Re: Slaughter: Wind farms kill 67 eagles in 5 years
Bald Eagles in Alaska are like pigeons.
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Re: Slaughter: Wind farms kill 67 eagles in 5 years
Wind turbine shills writing vague articles. tounge
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Re: Slaughter: Wind farms kill 67 eagles in 5 years
So 13.4 eagles a year. Is this a problem? What is normal mortality for eagles anyways?

How does this compare to the number that meet their demise through some other interaction with human built structures?