Key Note: A study that appeared in the Wildlife Society Bulletin estimated that 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats were killed by wind turbines in 2012! The number of wind turbines and the number of bird deaths and bat deaths from wind turbines has only increased since that time.

Bird Lovers Alert: 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats were killed by wind turbines in 2012! Click To Tweet

The American Bird Conservatory (ABC) may have the skill and ideas to make bird smart technology work!

Components of a Bird-Smart Wind Energy Project

The most critical component of Bird-Smart Wind Energy is proper siting. Wind energy projects should not be placed in sensitive areas for birds, including key migratory routes, stopover sites, breeding and nesting sites, areas where large numbers of birds congregate for feeding, or in sensitive habits such as wetlands.

All wind energy projects should have an Avian Protection Plan that includes ABC’s Bird-Smart principles, as well as a means of implementing, tracking, and reporting through an open and transparent process.

All wind energy projects should have an Avian Protection Plan that includes ABC’s Bird-Smart principles. Click To Tweet

Wind energy facilities should also comply with relevant state and federal wildlife protection laws such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Currently, the laws are not being enforced with regularity.

We support the development of mandatory permitting regulations for all energy development, including wind energy. In 2014, we wrote to the Secretary of the Interior requesting that DOI and FWS conduct a National Wind Energy Environmental Impact Statement that would identify areas where wind turbines should not be built.

Unfortunately, DOI has indicated that it cannot afford to undertake such a study at this time, although such a project is being undertaken in the Midwest due to risks to the endangered Whooping Crane.

Bird Lovers Alert: State and federal wildlife protection laws are not being enforced with regularity. Click To Tweet

Birds around a Chinese Wind Turbine
Photo Credit: Changhua Coast Conservation Action via a Creative Commons License


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