Wind Turbines Versus Flying Wildlife
Researchers found that painting one blade black was enough to encourage the birds to alter their flight path. https://t.co/OO28vF33Wo— Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) August 27, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: Wind turbines are a source of renewable energy and many countries have come to rely on this non-fossil fuel burning form of energy. A big draw back to wind turbines is that collisions with wind turbines yearly cause thousands of deaths to flying wildlife. Powerlines also cause deaths to birds. Placing these turbines far from migratory paths would go a long way towards avoiding harming wildlife.
Painting at least one of the blades black seems to allow the birds to see the spinning turbines and help them to avoid hitting the blades. The black blade solution will not work at night and some birds do not ‘see’ the black blades or interpret them as things of avoidance. It would be great if there could be a solid solution to having both wind turbines and not harming flying wildlife in the process…..Carol