Did Wind Turbines Kill Californian Eagles?
Six birds have been found dead in the Techahapi Mountains of Southern California. Unfortunately, they were all golden eagles. However, conservationists say that the deaths were inevitable in an area full of wind turbines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating to determine what killed the big raptors, and declined to divulge the conditions of the remains. But the likely cause of death is no mystery to wildlife biologists who say they were probably clipped by the blades of some of the 80 wind turbines at the three-year-old Pine Tree Farm Wind Project, run by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Windmills kill nearly half a million birds a year, according to a Fish and Wildlife estimate. The American Bird Conservancy projected that the number could more than double in 20 years if the administration realizes its goal for wind power.