a bird problem first emerged at the Altamont Pass Wind Resource
Area in California, we have learned much about the impact of wind
turbines on birds.
Though it now appears that the problem in the Altamont is an anomaly,
the fact that birds can be impacted is an important consideration
in siting and operating wind power plants.
at wind power sites across the United States is helping us
to understand the magnitude of the problem, and to recognize how
problems can be avoided.
avoid colliding with wind turbines in most instances. Certain
behaviors may increase birds' risk of collision.
topographic features may increase the chance of bird collisions.
types of turbines
may present greater risk than others.
migrating birds rarely collide with wind turbines, contrary
to some beliefs.
bird mortality has been found at European wind power sites,
with the exception of some coastal sites frequented by migrants.
date, impacts on bird populations have not been demonstrated
at wind power sites.
The answer to that question will probably surprise you. Here
is a list of the gravest dangers birds face