Eagle LandingAt The American Bird Conservatory (ABC), the point of view is positive. As they say, We work to protect all birds across the Western Hemisphere, but 25—including the Black Skimmer—are a special focus.

Read ABC’s perspective on birds and wind turbines. Each day for the next few days, we’ll be featuring the Bird-Smart Wind Energy principles and practices of the American Bird Conservatory. Here is the basic statement describing the Bird-Smart Wind Energy principles:

ABC has developed and supported the concept of Bird-Smart Wind Energy development, which is designed to minimize bird fatalities. Bird-Smart Wind Energy adheres to the following principles:

  • Ensure turbines are located away from high bird collision risk areas.
  • Employ effective mitigation to minimize bird fatalities.
  • Conduct independent, transparent post-construction monitoring of bird and bat deaths to help inform mitigation.
  • Calculate compensation for the loss of ecologically-important, federally-protected birds.

ABC also recognizes and promotes the immediate need for innovative, scientifically valid research aimed at developing effective methods for pre-construction risk assessment and post-construction monitoring of bird (and bat) deaths.

ABC's Bird-Smart Wind Energy program is designed to minimize bird fatalities from wind turbines. Click To Tweet

The United States is now the world’s leading producer of wind energy, with tens of thousands of wind turbines in operation and many more planned. As a result, bird mortality from collisions is escalating every year, especially in areas where turbines and their associated power lines and towers have been poorly sited from the perspective of bird conservation.

Bird deaths from collisions are escalating every year as more wind turbines are built in the flight paths of birds. Click To Tweet

The annual loss of birds from wind turbines was estimated as high as 573,000 in 2012. However, vastly more turbines are in operation now, and more than 1.4 million bird deaths are projected by 2030 or earlier if the U.S. meets its goal of producing 20 percent of electrical energy with wind. If that figure reaches 35 percent, as new Department of Energy projections suggest, up to 5 million birds could be killed annually. These estimates do not include birds that are killed by collisions with associated power lines and towers, which could be in the hundreds of thousands or even millions annually (Fish & Wildlife Service estimate).

The annual loss of birds from wind turbines was as high as 573,000 in 2012. That could quadruple in 15 years! Click To Tweet

We strongly believe that renewable energy sources should not be embraced without question. Our Bird-Smart Wind Energy Program’s primary goal is to protect U.S. native birds from the rapidly growing threat of poorly sited and managed wind turbines.

Source: http://abcbirds.org/program/wind-energy/bird-smart-strategies.

We strongly believe that renewable energy sources should not be embraced without question. Click To Tweet

Note: Bird death statistics and estimates featured above are for the U.S. only. To get a better view of bird deaths worldwide from big wind farms, you’d have multiply by 4 or 5 times the numbers above.


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2 thoughts on “Bird Lovers Alert: What Is Bird-Smart Wind Energy?

  1. Same in Europe and elsewhere The go ahead has just been given for the world’s largest wind farm off English coast, a major migration route for passerines as well as sea birds.
    RSPB supports these projects because of renewable energy because of/despite the convenience of potentially hundreds of thousands of birds falling into the sea.
    Turbines could be designed better and still produce energy eg double helix shapes are being used. Any research done on different designs??

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