The short answer is yes, wind power does kill some birds, but the long answer is, as improvements are made to wind turbine designs and better siting evaluations (and environmental assessments) are carried out, the incidences of wind turbines killing birds decreases each year.
The reality is, however, that man-made buildings and power lines are the biggest killers of birds, after cats, killing over 30 million birds each year in Canada alone according to Environment Canada (and wind turbines don’t even make the Top 10 list). In fact, chronic ship-source oil kills 282, 700 birds a year according to their estimates.
Many anti-wind lobbyists use the ‘bird killing’ message in their propaganda in an effort to curb the support of wind energy in their communities; they are grasping at straws to try to find anything negative about wind power.
If anti-wind lobbyists cared so much for birds, they should all be frosting their windows, complaining about transmission lines and no longer driving vehicles.
Wondering what organizations who are actually fighting for the health and safety of birds and other wildlife have to say?
UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: “We hope that by building a wind turbine at our UK headquarters, we will demonstrate to others that with a thorough environmental assessment, the correct planning and location, renewable energy options like this one in Sandy and a healthy, thriving environment can go hand in hand.”
Yep, you read that right… they installed a wind turbine.
Even they support wind! Why? Because renewable energy is a no-brainer and although it is not perfect (as nothing can be), it trumps the negative effects of fossil fuels.
Even the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) agrees:
“The good news is that renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar power, hydro-electric power, tidal power, geothermal energy and biomass, are a viable alternative to fossil fuels. By switching to renewable energy, we can protect our natural environment, achieve energy independence, and help avoid the dangerous consequences of global warming.”
So yes, wind energy kills birds, but what’s worse?
By the way, this is a picture of dead birds covered in oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.