Date: 9/4/20 2:43 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
Good point. Raptors, however, are diurnal migrants, and the most egregious
wind farm at Altamont in California kills lots of hawks and eagles.

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> That study was very small and not large enough. It points to a possible
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> say. A similar study in the Netherlands showed purple turbines also reduced
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> Poor siting of turbines has engaged MOS for the last 15 or more years.
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> Hi all-sent to me by a friend-interesting-what do some of you think?
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