Wind Energy And Birds FAQ — Part 1: Understanding The Threats

Exposing the Big Game

ABC often receives questions regarding wind energy development and its impacts on birds and other wildlife. In this three-part series, Michael Hutchins, Director of ABC’s Bird-Smart Wind Energy Campaign, answers some of the more frequently asked questions about threats: How does wind energy threaten birds? What bird species are most threatened? How does the threat of wind energy compare to that of climate change?

See a full list of references at the end of the post and stay tuned for the second post in this series, scheduled for publication in mid-April.

How does wind energy threaten birds and bats?

Properly sited wind turbines are relatively bird friendly, especially when compared to fossil fuels. However, they are far from benign. Wind turbines and their associated infrastructure — notably power lines and towers — are among the fastest-growing threats to birds and bats in the…

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