There’s a place for birds and wind

I am bothered by an ongoing controversy between bird lovers and energy developers that is taking place on the shores of Lake Erie near Port Clinton.

As most people who have any connection to the outdoors surely know, that part of the Ohio north coast is an internationally known bird migration area. It takes in two major international flyways.

Twice each year, thousands — maybe millions — of birds cross Lake Erie during natural migration.

And in recent years, the number of people who flock to the north coast to view the many species of migrating birds in places like Magee Marsh, Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge and Metzger Marsh has swelled. I saw one estimate of 175,000 visitors last spring.

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