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Audubon program to look at wind power hazards

By Staff | Apr 27, 2012

Submitted photo The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s May program at the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown will focus on the hazards that wind-power turbines pose for migratory birds.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s May program at the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown will focus on the hazards that wind-power turbines pose for migratory birds.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 in Room 151 of the Instructional West Building. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The speaker will be Rich Bailey, State Ornithologist with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

The growth of wind-power development and its impact on birds and other wildlife has been a topic of continuing controversy in West Virginia and elsewhere. Most recently, the March 23 release of new U.S. Department of the Interior onshore wind-power guidelines has pitted the National Audubon Society and the American Bird Conservancy against each other.

National Audubon has hailed the new guidelines, which are voluntary, as “an important step toward bird-friendly wind development.” The Bird Conservancy says the guidelines are “unenforceable” and “will do little to protect millions of birds from the negative impacts of wind energy.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated in 2009 that 440,000 birds are being killed each year by wind turbines.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.