Petition hopes to lower bird collisions with wind turbines


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The American Bird Conservancy petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to establish a permitting system that will lower the number of birds colliding with wind turbines.

An estimated 400,000 birds die each year after colliding with wind turbines, and that number will increase as more wind turbines are built around the nation.

Although Iowa is the second leading producer of wind energy in the nation, bird collisions have not been a major issue in our state. Many of Iowa’s turbines are planted in crop areas, which see little avian activity.

For more information on the petition, and on the risk posed to birds by wind turbines, read The Gazette’s article here.