George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy, alerted journalists Wednesday to an ironic fact: Global Wind Day and American Eagle Day fall just days from each other.
The danger to America’s birds from the increasing numbers of wind turbines is the very thing that has caused a rift in the environmental ranks.
Fenwick wrote in an e-mail: “On June 20, we celebrate American Eagle Day, officially designated by Congress to recognize the cultural, historical and ecological significance of our proud national symbol, and to raise awareness of the threats it faces. Ironically, Eagle Day comes just five days after Global Wind Day, a worldwide event `for discovering wind, its power, and the possibilities it holds for our world’ (as described at globalwindday.org). The proximity of these events to each other is notable because, although it has the potential to be a green source of energy, wind power as it is currently being developed kills hundreds of thousands birds each year, including Bald and Golden Eagles.”
He went on to say that the wind power industry has pressured the government to weaken eagle protections.
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