Feds Ask For Help in Turbine Eagle Deaths

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has asked the public for help in gathering information on eagle mortality in the wake of the death of a golden eagle at the North Sky River wind facility in Kern County on January 29. The eagle was found near a turbine just one month after the facility started operation in December 2012.

The facility, owned by Florida-based energy developer NextEra, had been the subject of lawsuits over potential threats to eagles and other birds.

“We are asking individuals as well as wind energy companies with information or knowledge about the death of eagles that may have been killed due to contact with wind turbines, to contact us,” said Jill Birchell, special agent in charge of the FWS Office of Law Enforcement for California and Nevada, in a press release Monday.

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