Scores of protected golden eagles dying after colliding with wind turbines

Daily Mail, 6th June 2011
The Daily Mail reports on the situation in California where

"attempts to switch to green energy have inadvertently put the survival of the states golden eagles at risk. Scores of the protected birds have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines. Now the drive for renewable power sources, such as wind and the sun, being promoted by President Obama and state Governor Jerry Brown has raised fears that the number of newborn golden eagles may not be able to keep pace with the number of turbine fatalities...."

Field biologist Doug Bell, manager of East Bay Regional Park District's wildlife programme, told the Los Angeles Times that it would take 167 pairs of local nesting golden eagles to produce enough young to compensate for their mortality rate related to wind energy production - and that there are only 60 pairs. In America about 440,000 birds are said to be accidentally killed at wind farms each year, as well as thousands more bats. The California Condor, who was saved from extinction by public donations, is now also said to be at risk from turbines' giant blades.