Wind power & raptors

Although wind power is often touted as a “green” and sustainable form of renewable energy, it has significant environmental impacts, not the least of which is its impacts on birds (and bats).

Here we are particularly concerned with the fate of Steppe Eagles, Eastern Imperial Eagles, Egyptian Vulture, and Saker Falcons. They nest in open steppe landscapes and along the lower slopes of treeless mountains and migrate widely throughout Eurasia. Wind turbines present another, more recent threat to these species and other large birds when they collide with rotating horizontal axis blades (more simply, turbines).