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Danger in the sky: Can birds and turbines safely co-exist?  

Credit:  Melissa Topey, Sandusky Register, www.sanduskyregister.com 19 January 2011 ~~

Oak Harbor

A growing source of green energy is rankling the feathers of local bird fans.

Members of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory are pushing to address the dangers of wind turbines in migratory bird habitats.

The group has assembled firepower from Old Bird Inc., Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo and various regional governments to address the issue.

They’re concerned birds will collide with poorly placed wind turbines, and they want tighter regulation.

The end goal: Establish guidelines to oversee wind-turbine installations.

“This is a very politically charged issue as well as a very emotionally charged issued,” said Kim Kaufman, executive director at Black Swamp Bird Observatory. “There are a lot of stakeholders at the table. This meeting is to try to come up with a solution.”

Kaufman and others met Tuesday at Ottawa County National Wildlife Refuge to discuss the increasing number of wind turbines being installed near the Lake Erie Marsh region.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Register.

Source:  Melissa Topey, Sandusky Register, www.sanduskyregister.com 19 January 2011

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