Study: Wind farms killed 67 eagles in five years

Sep 11, 2013 by Dina Cappiello

A new study by government scientists says wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the number could be much higher.

The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation's growing wind energy industry. A total of 85 eagles were killed at wind farms since 1997, the study concludes, but most of those occurred in 2008-2012. Most deaths—79—were golden eagles.

While the birds are protected by federal law, the Obama administration has yet to file criminal charges against a company for killing any .

A trade group, the American Wind Energy Association, said the figure was lower than other causes of eagle deaths.

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julianpenrod
1.9 / 5 (14) Sep 11, 2013
Yet another display of a common theme. Those with money, power, influence, popularity, position, office, get a free ride, those without are punished for lesser infractions and pay the freight for the rich. Like J.K. Rawlings who boarded a plane in London headed for New York but refused to allow anyone to examine her bag since, she said, she had the newest "Harry Potter" in there and didn't want anyone to se it. She was permitted to go. If a "rank and file" pours a gallon of motor oil in a river, the government descends with a SWAT team, a corporation dumps millions of gallons of waste in a city's drinking water, government "negotiates to induce them to obey the law in exchange for massive tax breaks". If someone erected a fifty foot fence that killed a single eagle, government and the Sierra Club would condemn them. Where is the Sierra Club now? Face it, are vaccines really safe or does the U.S. refuse to provide statistics proving they're poison?
kochevnik
1 / 5 (4) Sep 11, 2013
Power lines kill most eagles. Power lines should be banned, company CEOs should be thrown into Guantánamo and Americans should live in darkness, happy with the knowledge that their iconic bird isn't forced to adapt to civilization as humans are forced to do
PointyHairedEE
1 / 5 (9) Sep 11, 2013
This is so sad. It's just another reason Ben Franklin was correct in wanting the turkey as the national bird instead of these cousins to vultures.
Lorentz Descartes
1.7 / 5 (11) Sep 11, 2013
How sad for the eagles. Perhaps adding some high frequency whistles (wind driven obviously) to the blades would be a cheap way to make birds of prey more aware of it. I'm pretty sure they can hear ultrasonic, we can't.