Birds at Risk from Wind Power in Indiana

Indiana is home to one of the world’s single largest concentrations of wind turbines.

But all of those giant rotors — about 700 standing among the corn and soybeans along I-65 in Benton County — do more than harness energy from the wind.

They also can kill birds.

“During migration, birds are traveling long distances, often at night,” said Brad Bumgardner, president of the Indiana Audubon Society and an interpretive naturalist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

“Birds migrating at night simply don’t see these spinning blades.”

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