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Deadly flight in Ocotillo highlights dangers to birds of prey from wind turbines  

Credit:  By Miriam Raftery | East County Magazine | November 24, 2013 | eastcountymagazine.org ~~

ECM photographer Parke Ewing photographed a troubling series of images on November 22 showing a large raptor winging its way through Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Express Wind Facility, dangerously close to the blades.

The next day, photographer Jim Pelley found a dead raptor lying on the ground at the site, one leg sliced off, apparently a victim of the turbines. It is unclear whether it is the same raptor photographed on the wing by Ewing.

A news article just published in Rewire Magazine that the new, large wind turbines such as those at Ocotillo are likely responsible for 100,000 bird deaths a year in California. Moreover, California is the deadliest state in the nation when it comes to bird deaths from wind projects, including many that are protected under the Migratory Species Treaty or the Endangered Species Act.

These findings are the results of a peer-reviewed study The study, conducted by Scott R. Loss and Peter P. Marra from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Tom Will, which appears in the December 2013 issue of the journal Biological Conservation.

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Source:  By Miriam Raftery | East County Magazine | November 24, 2013 | eastcountymagazine.org

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