Bird lovers crying fowl?
Turns out, sadly, wind turbines and birds don’t mix.
Minnesota conservationists and wind energy proponents faced off recently over bird deaths caused by wind-turbine blades. Wind energy companies are seeking to extend a federal permit—from 5 to 30 years—allowing for a limited number of bald or golden eagle deaths. Bird lovers contend that the death of thousands of birds a year—including the nation’s symbol, still federally protected after years of population decline—is too steep a price to pay for power. —Diane Richard, writer, July 23
Image: David Brewster, Star Tribune
Source Samantha Schmidt, “Conservationists, wind-farm advocates clash over eagle safety,” Star Tribune,July 24