From Texas to the Dakotas, a new type of farming is becoming fashionable these days – namely wind farming. Yes, wind farms are cropping up rapidly as U.S. wind power is expected to increase 26 percent in installed generation this year. But while notions of attaining clean and environmentally friendly energy is what is driving the wind farm phenomenon, many environmentalists are now taking a second look as concerns over their impacts on birds are garnering attention. From ducks and tanagers in the Midwest, to grosbeaks along the Gulf of Mexico, many birds species are expected to be hit hard by these new farms, thus prompting new, and unexpected calls for environmental monitoring of this new environmental technology.

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