Date: 9/3/20 8:59 pm From: 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
Is it just me? I thought birds flew into turbine blades during nocturnal migration because they could NOT see them. Painting them black would only make it worse. Somebody fill me in on what I have missed.
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
To: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thu, Sep 3, 2020 10:09 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
That study was very small and not large enough. It points to a possible mitigation measure but needs to be expanded to establish validity. And it is no panacea or excuse for poor sighting. Also, as someone has pointed out, does nothing for bats. And the study ignores the fact that FAA has a say. A similar study in the Netherlands showed purple turbines also reduced kills. But it will not pass muster in the US due to flight issues.
Again, the best solution is to not put turbines where they will kill birds and bats.
Poor siting of turbines has engaged MOS for the last 15 or more years.
Kurt SchwarzConservation ChairMaryland Ornithological Society
On Thu, Sep 3, 2020 at 9:50 PM Bobbi <b.reichwein...> wrote:
Hi all-sent to me by a friend-interesting-what do some of you think?