My delight in seeing a front-page exposé on the bird deaths caused by wind farms (“The deadly toll of wind power,” Jan. 2) was significantly deflated upon finding that bats were not also mentioned.
Wind farms kill far more bats then birds, yet not a word regarding them. Although I realize that bats are not as popular with the public as birds, they are ecologically far more important. Bats are the only significant predator of night-flying insect pests. Almost every insect they eat is a crop pest or an insect detrimental to human health, including mosquitoes.
It is possible to have wind power and safety for bats and birds. There are people hard at work on this problem, but until quite recently the corporations constructing (and reaping the benefits of) these huge wind farms have been quite reluctant to even allow us on the land to count kills or try deterrent devices. They want to appear to be green without actually having to go to the trouble of being green. Public pressure is slowly having a positive effect on their cooperation, but meanwhile, we are facing major kills of our migratory bats.
California Bat Conservation Fund
6 January 2008
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