As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Bird lovers worry about Lake Erie wind turbine

A proposal for 198-foot wind turbine near Lake Erie is worrying people who flock to the northern Ohio shoreline to view migratory birds.

The (Toledo) Blade reports that birders are worrying about what effect the turbine’s whirring blades will have on bald eagles and migratory birds that gather in the marshes and woods along the lake twice a year.

The proposal for the turbine a mile from the lake in Ottawa County is under attack and is being analyzed by wildlife officials.

Kim Kaufman, executive director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Oak Harbor, says the coastal swath dotted with wildlife areas and refugees is a “globally important” bird habitat.
Officials say the 500-kilowatt turbine would generate wind power, reduce electric costs and aid research.

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