Energy-producing wind farms are doing more than rolling out megawatts of power – According to a recent study, the wind turbines are also responsible for killing close to 85 eagles over the last decade and a half, says The Associated Press via Fox News on Sept. 12.
Groupings of wind turbines covering hundreds of square miles are posing a serious threat to our nation’s eagles, say government scientists. The study comes at a time when President Obama has pushed for additional alternative energy sources in order to combat pollution and global warming.
While 85 eagles killed since 1997 does not seem to be a high number when averaged out, the concern rests with the amount of eagles killed in line with the development of more and more wind farms. Over the last five years alone, close to 70 of the 85 birds were killed.
Golden Eagles and the Bald Eagles, attracted by the rotating blades of the mill, are the most common casualties among eagles killed by the turbines. Eagle-killing turbines claim the most birds in California, where wind farms are prevalent, but those birds – over 60 a year – were not even included in the study.
Mike Parr, vice president of the American Bird Conservancy, said the tally was “an alarming and concerning finding.”
Research suggests that the actual number is likely much higher, “since companies report eagle deaths voluntarily and only a fraction of those included in their total were discovered during searches for dead birds by wind-energy companies,” says Fox News.