Study: Wind farms killed 67 eagles in 5 years
by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press
September 11, 2013 12:25 PM | 677 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 wind energy company for killing any eagles.

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

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September 11, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management shows stable golden eagle populations throughout North America. The lead journal study author is Brian Millsap, one of the lead eagle biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This study examined population data throughout the range of golden eagles over the past four decades (i.e., 1968-2010) and found that the population has, in general, remained stable, and in fact slightly increased overall. The study concludes, “our results clarify that golden eagles are not declining widely in the western United States.

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September 11, 2013
No one takes wildlife impacts more seriously than the wind industry, and while some eagles occasionally collide with turbines at some wind farms this is not a common occurrence, with fatalities of golden eagles at modern wind facilities only representing 2% of all documented sources of human caused fatalities and only a few bald eagles in the history of the industry.

This figure is far lower than other leading causes, including lead poisoning, poisoning in general, electrocutions, collisions with vehicles, drowning in stock tanks, and illegal shootings, and the only reason we know as much as we do is because unlike these other sources, the wind industry is conducting pre and post-construction surveys and self-reporting the losses.

The wind industry is actively engaged with both the regulatory and conservation communities to find ways of further avoiding, minimizing and fully mitigating for any impacts to both species.

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