Expert: San Diego Wind Farm May Devastate Eagle Population

A California eagle biologist says that a wind power project in eastern San Diego County may pose a serious threat to golden eagles in the Anza Borrego region. The Tule Wind Power Project, approved earlier this year by San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors, would place close to 100 turbines on 750 acres in the McCain Valley north of Boulevard.

In comments on Tule Wind’s avian and bat protection plan, submitted October 19 to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), biologist Jim Wiegand — Vice President of the wildlife protection group Save the Eagles International — charged that the project will kill or injure more golden eagles than its formal planning documents suggest, and that the species is already on the verge of extirpation in Eastern San Diego County.

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