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Birds and Wind Power
BirdNote
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08/19/2012
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Scientists are beginning to study the impact of wind turbines on bird populations.

 

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What effect does wind power have on birds? Scientists are taking a close look. Surveys of wind-power projects in Oregon and Washington estimate that wind turbines kill more than 6,500 birds annually. Of particular concern are raptors such as owls, hawks, and eagles. Is replacing oil with wind power an acceptable trade-off? One answer is clear: energy conservation lessens our dependence on both.


 
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