Bird protection and wind energy

Bird collisions with wind turbines not a serious problem

Many people are likely to believe, as I did until recently, that Wind energy is a great idea but too bad it is so terrible for the thousands or millions of birds who fly into the blades and get sliced up like a Cuisinart blender. One of those things you read somewhere and then never question. Apparently, except for a few situations most wind turbines are considered relatively safe for birds and bats. Far more birds die from your cat in the back yard, or from collisions with windows, cars, lighted communication towers, and pesticides to name a few.

Here are some good links for anyone wanting to get a more in depth discussion of this issue.
An article in Treehugger
A very comprehensive look at birds and wind energy from bird consultants to the wind power industry.
and advice from an expert, putting wind’s impact on birds in perspective.

Originally posted 2007-04-26 00:00:36.

2 Responses to “Bird protection and wind energy”

  1. Tom Gray
    April 29th, 2007 20:15

    Thanks for the excellent post. I would like to set the record straight with respect to bats, though: that’s a legitimate issue that is currently the subject of a bat research program that is jointly funded by Bat Conservation International, several wind power companies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. More info about this here.

    At the moment, the research is focused on testing a sonic deterrent that would warn bats away from wind farms. Much more testing and engineering work needed before it can be declared a solution.

    Thomas O. Gray
    American Wind Energy Association

  2. Larry
    April 30th, 2007 22:16

    Thanks for your reply, I didn\’t know that about the bats. I will have to read more on it at your link.