Wind turbines kill birds. They kill raptors at higher rates.
Raptors reproduce less frequently and have fewer fledglings that require longer care (3-4 months) than smaller birds. That is why it is illegal to kill many raptors, particularly golden eagles, bald eagles, and condors.Raptors have fewer fledglings that require longer care than small birds. That is why it is illegal to kill raptors, Click To Tweet
The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) maintains a repository for these bird carcasses. If you kill one, you can send the body to the repository. USFWS will pay the FedEx cost and even send you the special box in which to place the dead bird. If there are too many, they will send a larger box.
No prize for guessing which companies need the largest boxes – or any box.
Here is the website from the USFWS, which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior, a cabinet post reporting directly to the President: http://www.fws.gov/eaglerepository/statistics.php.
You can see the number of eagle bodies received during the 2013 to 2014 kill year: 4,350.
The current body count is in excess of 29,000.
Here you can see the cold storage for the birds:Check out the cold storage for birds killed by wind turbines. Our government hard at work. Click To Tweet
Our government at work.
While it is illegal to kill these birds, if you do, please send them here and we will hold them – for federal prosecution or the enterprising citizen.
If you are an Amerindian, you may request feathers for your religious ceremonies (it may take a Supreme Court ruling to get us to actually release a few moldy feathers!).
Why have these raptor kills increased?
Why does USFWS pay for this macabre shipping?
How do you feel about this?
Read the sad details in Broken Wing: Birds, Blades and Broken Promises.
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