Wind farms might not fly due to golden eagles in the Northeast, Connecticut
Golden Eagles are more apt to be killed by wind turbines than other raptors because of their hunting methods, experts say. In California, wind farms in the Altamont Pass area east of Oakland kill an estimated 70 Goldens each year, said Katzner, citing a recent bird mortality study.
Nationwide, it's estimated that thousands of birds, including eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, gulls, waterfowl and songbirds are killed by wind turbines.
April 7, 2012
by Janice Podsada
in The Hartford Courant
Researcher Todd Katzner and the U.S. Department of Energyare tailing the same slightly ruffled, strawberry blond: an Eastern Golden Eagle equipped with a tiny cell phone that winters in Connecticut and summers in Quebec. Wingspan, 7 feet; weight,14 pounds; appearance, magnificent.
The eagle's flight path could alter the course of wind farm development on the East Coast.
Birds and wind turbines share an affinity for windy mountain ridgelines putting them on a potential collision course, said Katzner, one of a dozen researchers studying the Golden Eagle's migratory habits and hangouts.
Golden Eagles, whose wing-span can reach seven feet, use the "lift" or updraft... [continue via Web link]