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Northwest Wind Farms Killing Some Birds and Bats

SEATTLE (AP) - A growing number of wind farms along the Columbia River Gorge promise to generate more electricity for the Northwest.

The Seattle Times reports scientists are still studying how many birds and bats are killed by the spinning blades. Surveys financed by the wind industry indicate that wind power is a relatively minor hazard to birds. But some scientists say it is still too soon to discount the risks. They are particularly
concerned about raptors hawks, eagles and owls.

One survey at Big Horn Wind Farm in Klickitat County estimated that more than 30 raptors were killed during an initial year of operations.

      

 

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