Federal biologists tally eagle deaths at US wind farms, say number likely to be much higher

  • Article by: DINA CAPPIELLO , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 11, 2013 - 4:30 PM

WASHINGTON — 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.

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i35splitSep. 11, 1311:22 AM

How many eagles were born in this time frame?

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honeybooSep. 11, 1311:28 AM

Step back and enjoy: Ecologists fighting wildlife protectionists.

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nessmessSep. 11, 1311:29 AM

Who would have thought that Green energy could be so destructive to nature....

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strib1991Sep. 11, 1311:32 AM

That estimate is probably low, some of the dead birds may of not been found.

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derogatorySep. 11, 1311:39 AM

And how many die from the contamination caused from fossil fuels? Just saying. Its sad that 67 eagles have died from them. It's still a better option that anything else we have been using.

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medvezhonokSep. 11, 1311:43 AM

Maybe instead of these big windmill fan blades, they could look into a verticle blade design that spins on the horizontal instead of a verticle. Takes up less sppace and the birds would not fly into the blades and then have one hit it as it comes around

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tupelohoneySep. 11, 1311:47 AM

"And how many die from the contamination caused from fossil fuels?" Do tell us.

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grahamrSep. 11, 1311:55 AM

A report from 2004 shows that of 82 eagles studied, 39 had lethal amounts of lead in their blood/livers from hunting. Sit back and enjoy, opportunistic fossil fuel funded 'protectionists' pretending to give a hoot about the environment and nature for once.

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pkochSep. 11, 1312:06 PM

In the entire country? At least that many must get hit by trucks every year.

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mylittleidSep. 11, 1312:17 PM

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, cars may kill 60 million birds or more each year. Building windows are to blame for more than 97 million bird deaths annually. Communication towers conservatively kill 4 to 5 million birds per year, and it could be ten times more. Power line fatalities could be “as high as 174 million deaths annually.” Pesticides poison at least 72 million birds annually, and up to two million are killed each year in oil and wastewater pits. One study found domestic cats kill 39 million birds annually in Wisconsin alone, with the national total likely hundreds of millions per year.

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