29 May '12, 4pm

Wind Farms Consider Radar Systems to Prevent Bird Deaths

29 May 2012: Wind Farms Consider Radar Systems to Prevent Bird Deaths The operators of large California wind farms are considering the use of advanced radar and telemetry systems to reduce the number of birds killed by spinning turbines located in critical migration pathways. The so-called avian radar systems, which have been deployed at wind farms in Texas and Europe, would be able to identify birds early enough to shut down the turbines, at least briefly, to prevent collisions. Advocates say the systems could prevent large-scale killings of many migratory songbird species , as well as the critically endangered California condor and the federally protected golden eagle. According to the Los Angeles Times , one possible customer for the radar systems is the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which operates a wind farm that is under federal investigation following t...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/wind_farms_consider_radar_sys...

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