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Re: E-M:/ Energy company seeking leases for wind turbines

Of course, it is better to be safe than sorry after something is implemented and then you're stuck with the situation.  However, is the assumption made about the automatic bird kill only because of the overlapping map data?  Are there any variations in windmill types / blade speeds, etc.,  are all windmills equally harmful? What does evidence show?   Is there any level of bird kill that is acceptable?  Would that number change if the impact of traditional energy sources were reduced?  
Please don't infer that I am supportive of doing in any birds,  I don't even eat them (save for Thanksgiving and then not much :>)
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Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 10:08 AM
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Energy company seeking leases for wind turbines

In a message dated 2/3/2008 11:04:48 PM Eastern Standard Time, DGROWE@oaklandcc.edu writes:

Also, well place wind generators are of less danger to birds than the killings from windshields and windows.  Please put your concerns into perspective.  I also suggest you read Plan B,  available online from the Worldwatch Institute’s Founder by going to the Earth Policy Institute.

Debra Rowe, Ph.D.


U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Have any studies been done on the potential effects that Keweenaw wind turbine could have on migration patterns and bird loss in the Atlantic Flyway?  What do ornithologists specializing in migration patterns say? 
Atlantic Flyway migration pattern:
Keweenaw Peninsula
Comparing the two maps it would seem that placing turbines in the middle of a migration route might result in quite a few more deaths than that from a windshield/.window.