Don't forget birds as nation's wind boom develops
Among the birds nesting along the cliffs are the state's highest concentration of rare Ferruginous hawks - 24 nests were documented there in one year - and federally protected golden eagles.
Unfortunately, it has become a matter of increasing concern nationally that the giant turbines can cause high mortality among bats and birds, including raptors.
January 17, 2012
in Great Falls Tribune
As Montana's mighty wind leads to multinational corporations building more and more wind farms to satisfy America's yen for alternative energy, a couple of issues have begun cropping up directly related to that development.
The first is aesthetic. This one hasn't reached public-comment critical mass because to date no specific "offending" wind-farm proposal has come up. However, there have been rumblings that some of Montana's special-but-still-windy places - much of the Rocky Mountain Front comes to mind, as well as parts of the upper Yellowstone River Valley - should never be home to forests of 380-foot-tall wind turbines because of what... [continue via Web link]