On a recent beautiful summer day, dozens of bird enthusiasts rushed to the northwest coast of Scotland after hearing that a rare, white-throated needletail bird had been spotted. Only of few of these small Asian birds have been seen in the UK over the past two centuries, and the birds watchers were thrilled to see one flying around gracefully and with such speed. But then, according to NPR, tragedy struck as the bird flew into the blade of a wind turbine and was instantly killed. The death of what maybe the world’s fastest bird – capable of hitting over 100 miles per hour – raised renewed concerns about the dangers of wind farms to bird species, and is another very public black eye for what some are calling the Cuisinarts of the air.
August 2, 2013 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.