Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Other stuff kills birds than wind turbines.

 

One of the main arguments against putting up wind farms in New York State has been the toll on birds—though even major bird organizations realize that Wind Power is a major component in driving down Climate Change that has already threaten many bird populations. Wonder if those same people who march out the bird/kill argument and also addressing these threats to birds:

  • House cats kill more critters than thought That mouse carcass Kitty presents you with is just the tip of a very bloody iceberg. When researchers attached kittycams to house cats, they found a secret world of slaughter. While only 30% of roaming house cats kill prey — two animals a week on average — they are still slaying more wildlife than previously believed, according to research from the University of Georgia. (August 7, 2012) USA Today
  • Sky-High Design: How To Make A Bird-Friendly Building Shiny glass buildings are a hallmark of modern architecture, but for birds, that shimmer can be deadly. Every year, an estimated 100 million to 1 billion birds die by flying into glass windows. By studying how birds interact with buildings, architects and ornithologists are trying to create special features designed to keep birds alive. (August 8, 2012) NPR: Environment
  • A Clear And Present Danger: How Glass Kills Birds Modern architecture loves glass. Glass makes interiors brighter and adds sparkle to cityscapes. But glass also kills millions of birds every year when they collide with windows. Biologists say as more glass buildings go up, more birds are dying. So a group of biologists and architects is trying to do something about that. You'll find some of them at the Powdermill Avian Research Center in western Pennsylvania. They're catching birds. (August 8, 2012) NPR: Environment

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