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70 Golden Eagles killed

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by chickened, Mar 12, 2012.

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  2. Thats awful.
  3. I LOOOOOOVE eagles! i am SO STEEMED
  4. chickened

    chickened Crowing

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    I knew the wind turbines got a few but this is a lot of dead birds. We have hundreds of wind turbines in the Gorge.
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    What a shame.. :(
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Who would have thought? I guess the birds don't see the blade. How sad.

  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    An how many die to hitting planes, cars or even things in nature like trees. Then there is deaths do to wolves an dogs an even pray that fights back.

    I don't see the issue here. The stupid ones do this or some other stupid thing an die an the smart ones don't, live an breed with other smart ones making the next generation stronger/smarter.
  8. Capvin

    Capvin Songster

    Apr 13, 2011
    Lake Placid, FL
    No, I think you are dead wrong on this one. Even though I am in favor of wind energy I had no idea of this issue regarding eagles and I think that it is a serious enough problem to not only be brought to the public's attention, but serious enough for the scientists who work on wind energy to come up with a solution.
  9. airen

    airen In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2012
    Do you know why they said "about"? Because these silly people drive to the middle of a turbine field, place a dead carcass, and leave. They then come back a couple days later. They then "extrapolate" how many birds are dying based on the number of carcasses they've *never seen.* ANY dead animal they see is logged as a possible turbine death- despite the fact that predators are all over the place.

    There has never been a single reported case of a turbine hitting a bird- and I find that video ridiculously suspicious. What are the odds that person (who is trespassing- that car is not allowed that close to a tower) parked at the perfect place and perfect time to catch that? Really?

    And though it is but rather bluntly, Rebel has a point. 80% of baby owl die every year because they hit a tree. They don't have flying down pat and boom. If they don't die immediately, the broken wing leaves them pretty helpless against predators.

    I am not all for wind, either. It is NOT green. A turbine needs WAY too much oil in the generator to be considered "green", IMO. But it is renewable, and still produces less nasty stuff than, say, coal and older nuclear plants.

    Just a possible other side...

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