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Old 01-04-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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Feds Propose Eagle Take Permits

(MSNBC) The federal government is proposing to grant a first-of-its-kind permit that would allow the developer of a central Oregon wind-power project to legally kill golden eagles, a regulatory move being closely watched by conservationists. More...
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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(MSNBC) The federal government is proposing to grant a first-of-its-kind permit that would allow the developer of a central Oregon wind-power project to legally kill golden eagles, a regulatory move being closely watched by conservationists. More...
I guess my thoughts on this aren't so much an alarmist but looking at the practicality of operating a wind turbine venture and keeping both the turbines and the birds safe.

I figure that the permit was issued not to kill the birds per se but rather to allow the company to move the nests if they start roosting on top of the turbines. Since the definition of the term "take" also includes to disturb a nest or move it.

The turbines themselves make ideal nesting platforms for raptors... however, between the spinning blades, high maintenance (human intervention/exposure) I can't see it being a good idea to encourage the eagles to nest there at all.

I've noticed recently a spate of articles where the journalist as jumped on the "OMG, they are killing eagle" headline before they finish or for that matter do any research at all.

Our linesmen have similar issues with raptors that are nesting on hydro/electric towers. The birds themselves are not the issue but rather their large and unwieldy nests that cause the problems. Can't see a raptors nest on a wind turbine not at some point causing a jam in the blades by floating/blowing debris.

I guess the question that isn't being asked is why are these turbines being allowed to be built in an area that is/might be a nesting area for Goldens?
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@yaahl, you are correct in that the permits are not issued for sport but rather to move the bird(s) if they do nest on a turbine or in the event that a bird has become severely injured it gives them the ability to euthanize it - up to 3 in 5 years. At least that is how I understood it too. As for the article, it wasn't written very well because it doesn't make those fact clear, which is why people have jumped on the subject as meaning that hunting permits were being issued to a power corporation.
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