Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Good News for All But a Few Birds
I was glad to see this Kevin Drum link to a Bloomberg article about the danger of wind turbines to birds. The patter among some environmentalists is that they are responsible for massive bird kills.
Estimates from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Society don't support that.
What's amazing to me is the high number of fatalities caused by birds flying into buildings and windows. When I was working in downtown Chicago, there were mornings when I'd find 5 or 6 dead or stunned birds outside just one building. They saw nothing but blue sky and clouds in front of them, not realizing that they were flying into a glass building, and the sky was behind them.
Not many birds, it seems, die of old age.