For many of us, wind power, a feasible source of energy that costs far less than nuclear and coal power, and contributes almost no pollution to the atmosphere, seems almost perfect.
But there are some people who disagree and are fighting to install new wind turbines in the U.S.
They cite bird mortality as an unacceptable wind-generated side effect. We intend to save large numbers of birds from death at the blades of enormous wind turbines through litigation and demonstrations against the pending legislation.
In the United States, five billion birds are killed annually from anthropogenic sources, including collisions with human-made structures such as vehicles, buildings and windows, power lines, communications towers, and wind turbines; electrocutions; oil spills and other contaminants; pesticides; cat predation; and commercial by-catch fishing.
13.7 Million Birds Are Dying Every Day in the U.S
Human activity, however, remains the leading cause of death for birds.
According to a New York Times article :
- Pesticides kill 72 million birds directly.
- 60 million to 80 birds killed by cars.
- High-tension transmission and power distribution lines are also deadly obstacles.
1 billion birds killed by collision with Buildings each year in the US
Scientists estimate that at least 100 million and perhaps as many as a billion birds die each year in the US when they collide with buildings, particularly skyscrapers covered with glass or illuminated. And, in a new report, conservationists now have a better idea of which American cities are the most deadly for the wings.
European studies; According to fish and wildlife service :
- 174 million birds die each year by flying into these wires.
Only 10,000 to 40,000 birds killed by wind turbines according to ABC
The number of birds killed by collision with wind turbines is incomparable with other numbers. So when we read the statistics of wildlife organizations like fish and wildlife showing that Collisions with wind turbines account for about one-tenth of a percent of all “unnatural” bird deaths in the United States each year. And of all bird deaths, 30 percent are due to natural causes, like baby birds falling from nests.
So why the misconceptions that label wind turbines? So why is all this objection even though we do not see a negative impact of the turbines on wildlife, nature, and the climate as well, and in return, we see the great negative impact of other energies on the environment and on the lives of wild and marine species
So what we conclude is Wind energy and birds: The two can co-exist, but only if turbines are sited properly we agree with this point and birds protectins services are working with wind turbine companies eliminate threats” and “conserve habitats.” and we should not forget also the advantages of these machines.