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Gingersnap
06-07-2010, 03:45 PM
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Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers

Tiffany Kaiser - June 7, 2010 11:51 AM

A recent study in Klickitat County, Washington shows that active wind farms in Washington and Oregon kill more than 6,500 birds and 3,000 bats annually.

Biologist Orah Zamora works for West, Inc., an ecological field study company, monitors the Windy Flats project, one of the largest wind farms in the United States. Zamora looks for dead birds and bats that have been severed by the spinning blades of the surrounding wind turbines in order to conduct survey's to observe how wind-power development is affecting birds.

"It's like a crime scene, and you try to figure out what happened," said Zamora. "Sometimes it's really obvious because you can see a slice mark."

These surveys are financed by the wind industry and are mainly concerned with birds like eagles, hawks, and other raptors. Klickitat County is especially a concern because the area has an abundance of prey for these larger birds, hence, they tend to stay in the area. According to the study, these birds are diving for their prey and do not pay attention to the large wind turbine blades that may be in the way.

There are differing views between scientists, biologists and wind-energy developers as to whether birds are at high risk because no one knows what cumulative death toll will have a significant impact on the species.

Wind-power advocates say "these deaths are an acceptable trade-off for development of a renewable energy source." They also note that man-made hazards and house cats account for tens of millions of bird-related deaths per year. According to Mike Sagrillo, a consultant who writes for the American Wind Energy Association, bird mortality "at wind farms, compared to other human-related causes of bird mortality, is biologically and statistically insignificant."

The surveys taken in Klickitat County showed that wind power is only a minor hazard to birds, but scientists say it's too early to really "discount the risks posed by the rush to develop Northwest wind power."

A survey in Klickitat County at the Big Horn Wind Farm indicated that more than 30 raptors were killed "during an initial year of operations - more than seven times the number forecast in a pre-construction study." Among the dead birds were short-eared owls, kestrels, red-tailed hawks and a ferruginous hawk.

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Daily Tech (http://www.dailytech.com/Study+Wind+Farms++Bird+Killers/article18641.htm)

PoliCon
06-07-2010, 04:00 PM
It's even worse when the wind farms end up abandoned.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/02/wind_energys_ghosts_1.html

NJCardFan
06-07-2010, 04:31 PM
But...but...but...global warming........

lacarnut
06-07-2010, 05:04 PM
For this left wing lunatic to state the death of thousands of birds caused by the wind farms is acceptable because cats and man kills many more is an astounding piece of logic. I guess stopping highway construction due to butterfly migration or canceling a dam because of a few minnows is okay.

These greenies are the most ignorant assholes on the planet. Take the manufacture of Ethanol. It is a heavy air pollutor; the EPA granted the Ethanol mfg's a special exemption that raised the level of pollution so that they could conform to quality air controls. It takes almost a gallon of fuel to cook the corn. Using a food product to make fuel is insane. The price of fertilizer has shot up because corn requires a great deal of it and water. Higher production of corn discourages crop rotation in turn screws up the soil.