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:

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:

Eagle Carcasses at the Denver Repository

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?

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12 thoughts on “Wind Turbines Kill More Raptors

  1. This is terrible. Soon there will be no birds left and the Eagles were finally on their way back after DDT was outlawed. These turbines should be outlawed. It has already been proven many times over that global warming/climate change is a scam. These birds are being killed for no reason.

    1. I don’t think you are ever out in nature. Here in PEI we had one lonely Eagle some 20 years ago, now there are hundreds.
      And we have probably more wind turbines than anywhere else in Canada by area.

  2. Let’s be clear here, the numbers provided are exaggerated, by a multiplicity of four. The total number of “whole raptors” bald and golden eagles in the 2013-2014 period was just over 1000. And the cited report doesn’t supply cause of death. That is the total number of raptors received. Total requests received was at 4350, the requests are for parts of the bird (generally feathers) for use by non-native peoples, but also biology departments etc.

    This article is exceedingly misleading and has grossly misrepresented the report cited as evidence against wind turbines.

    1. Let’s be really clear: The number of incoming whole and part eagles is 2,400. That’s for eagles only.

      But, more important, the number of whole raptors sent to the repository are a small fraction of raptors killed every year by wind turbines.

    2. videos:

      eagle hit


      Wind farms are clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings, with spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet’s wingspan. Though the blades appear to move slowly, they can reach speeds of up to 170 mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes.

      Bob Sallinger with the Audubon Society of Portland said wind farms across the country have killed more than 80 eagles over the last decade.

      “If you have dozens and dozens of them on the landscape it is basically a giant Cuisinart for birds,” said Sallinger. “Bald eagles took decades to recover … we almost lost them because of DDT. Golden eagles are a species biologists are concerned about because they appear to be declining.”–257599781.html

      “Improperly sited and operated wind energy facilities can kill significant numbers of federally protected birds and other species,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, urging developers to follow the Service’s Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines. “That’s why it’s imperative that wind energy developers work with the Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize these impacts at every stage in the process.”
      Commercial wind power projects can cause the deaths of federally protected birds in four primary ways: collision with wind turbines, collision with associated meteorological towers, collision with, or electrocution by, associated electrical power facilities, and nest abandonment or behavior avoidance from habitat modification.

      A recent study by federal and state scientists found that U.S. wind turbines could kill up to 1.4 million birds of all species per year by 2030 as the wind energy industry continues to expand.

  3. Let’s be very clear Wind turbines are killing raptors and that is a fact. It is illegal for anyone to kill a raptor and that comes with very heavy fines but this industry isn’t being held accountable. They are also killing thousands of bats and that isn’t being reported either. All of a sudden it isn’t such a green energy source is it.

  4. Well I’m sure ‘Birds and Blade’ is a perfectly nonpartisan, unbiased source of information regarding this. It’s not like their title openly admits a bias or anything.

    1. I think it’s horrible to be unbiased in this situation. There is so much more we can do in protecting birds: siting wind farms in less hazardous areas for bird health, using better wind technology, not subsidizing wealthy people to put up industrialized wind farms that don’t really do much for environmental health, etc. So, yes, we are biased. We think there are better ways to save the environment while protecting endangered species, ensuring human health, and keeping our scenic vistas.

      1. There is absolutely no place that is appropriate for this technology, because it, and solar, lack the most essential attribute of all, which is that they are NOT dispatchable.

        “So can I, and so can any man, but do they come when called?”
        (Hotspur to Glyndwr, Henry IV part 1)

  5. There are people in organizations like the Sierra Club who know perfectly well that the only useful solar-origin energy, hydroelectric, is bad for migrating fish. What in the name of all that’s idiotic prevented them from wondering about great flailing arms 50 metres long might be bad for flying organisms?

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