Unfortunately, some existing wind farms are located on important bird migration areas, bat migration areas, or both. The result? Thousands of raptors and bats are killed when they fly into moving turbine blades. The infamous Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area in northern California, for example, contains some 5,000 wind turbines spread over a fifty square-mile area. And they’re located on an important raptor hotspot. As a result, thousands of Golden Eagles and other hawks and owls have been killed at this site during the past two decades. The deaths have been followed by heated public debate. Law suits are pending regarding the matter.
In Central Appalachia, thousands of migrating bats are also killed at wind farms in Pennsylvania and West Virginia when the mammals fly into moving turbine blades. At the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center on West Virginia’s Backbone Mountain, there are 44 wind turbines. During autumn, according to wildlife biologists’ estimates, between 1,500 and 4,000 bats fly into the turbine blades and are killed. Similarly, at a wind farm located near Meyersdale in southwestern Pennsylvania, large numbers of bats also are killed by flying into turbine blades. Research currently is being done to discover why bats are hit by the moving blades, and what can be done to try to prevent bat-turbine blade collisions.
These are only SOME of the creatures that LIKE YOU may experience serious health concerns from wind turbines!!