Duke Energy has been installing windmill farms in numerous areas, including Wyoming. It seems that when birds hit the twirling blades, the results are pretty one sided.
Quoting from a Duke press release: “Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, today announced it has reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the deaths of golden eagles and other migratory birds at two of Duke Energy’s wind generation sites in Wyoming.”
“The DOJ brought misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) for 14 golden eagle mortalities within the past three years at Duke Energy’s Top of the World Windpower Project and Campbell Hill Windpower Project near Casper, Wyo.
“Golden eagles are not listed as threatened or endangered under U.S. law. However, they are protected under the MBTA.”
In addition to a million dollar fine, they agree to shut down the windmills whenever these birds are in the area. Oh, and
“Installing and testing new radar technology to assist in the detection of airborne eagles on or near the site, which was developed from the same technology used in Afghanistan to monitor incoming missiles”
more details: http://www.duke-energy.com/news/releases/2013112203.asp