Wind Farms Pose Threat to Rare Eagles

The only requirement for this license to kill is that wind farm operators show they are making some effort to try not to kill eagles. I haven’t heard of anything that can be done to prevent eagle deaths once a wind turbine is built, so the requirement may simply be to donate some money to conservation elsewhere.

A surprising number of eagles and other birds already are being killed by wind farms.

The Wildlife Society Bulletin, a peer-reviewed publication, estimated in March that 573,000 birds are killed annually by U.S. wind farms, including 83,000 birds of prey.

In September, U.S. Fish and Wildlife researchers published a study finding that at least 87 golden and bald eagles were killed by wind farms from 1997 to 2012, with nearly 80 percent of the fatalities in the last four years of that period.

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