Wind farm could harm the N.C.'s bald eagle population
The preliminary numbers on bald eagle kills are astronomical by almost any measure, bird advocates say. Based on recorded bald eagle sightings in the area, the Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that the Pantego project would account for 3.4 to 20.7 eagle "takes" annually.
"That's a shocking number."
May 23, 2012
by John Murawski
A controversial wind farm proposed near the Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina could kill up to 20 bald eagles a year, according to a preliminary estimate by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The estimate is based on just five months of bird counts in Beaufort County and could prove abnormally high, regulators say. Bald eagles are active in the largely agricultural area in Beaufort County where the wind farm would be built, drawn to the presence of fish breeding ponds, hog carcass disposals and other readily available food sources.
Still, eagle fatalities present an unforeseen challenge for Invenergy,... [continue via Web link]