500 Birds Perish at Wind Farm
Lights, not turbines, blamed for deaths
Hundreds of birds died at a West Virginia wind farm in October, likely the most ever at a wind energy station, according to a report released to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As many as 314 were killed in a single event—a fog-shrouded night that experts think caused the birds to fly to an electrical substation and circle its lights until they struck it or died of exhaustion. More than 100 more died in over then next two weeks. The birds found at the Laurel Mountain Wind Project were mostly warblers and other small birds, but several larger species, including at least one heron, also died.
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