Posts tagged: sparrows

How Birds Unlock Their Super-sense, Ultraviolet Vision

The ability of finches, sparrows, and many other birds to see a visual world hidden to us is explained in a study published in the journal eLife. Birds can be divided into those that can see ultraviolet (UV) light and those that cannot. Those that can live in a sensory world apart, able to transmit and […]

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Wind Power to Pay Millions for Killing Eagles and Other Protected Birds

A Portland, Oregon–based wind-farm company, the second to be sentenced to fines for killing hundreds of protected birds in Wyoming with its turbines, will pay $2.5 million in fines, restitution and community service. PacifiCorp subsidiary PacifiCorp Energy pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wyoming on December 19 to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty […]

Power Company’s Green Efforts Go Afowl

Last fall, the power company based in Charlotte, N.C., reached a $1 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. The government prosecuted Duke Energy over violations that occurred at two of the company’s wind farms located in Wyoming. The Obama administration has promoted renewable energy, including pollution-free wind power. Duke […]

Looking at Bird Deaths

Ryan Zimmerling and colleagues provided estimates of avian mortality because of collisions with wind turbines. Their figures were based on carcass searches at 43 wind farms in Canada. A carcass count, however, will be low because scavengers remove some of the dead birds before a researcher can find them, some carcasses will be overlooked by […]