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Friday, November 15, 2013

death by solar farm

When it comes to death by solar farm, birds typically die in one of two ways. In the first, the glimmering sheer of solar panels might trick birds into thinking they are actually part of a body of water. And so the birds, especially waterfowl in this scenario, dive towards the panels, looking for moisture and food, only to find themselves, bones broken, dying in the middle of the arid California sand.
Blunt force trauma aside, others feel the wrath of the harnessed sunlight. At the right (or really, wrong) angle, the potent radiation bouncing off solar mirror’s are enough to burn a bird’s fragile wings, abruptly sending the creature downward towards the ground and impending death. They’re like tragic avian Icaruses, except without an easily digestible moral lesson behind their fatal crashes.
Anthropogenic threats to birds are everywhere, but they vary according to the environment. In cities, the seeming invisibility of windows confuse the animals, who smash into the impenetrable glass barriers headfirst, an accident that can either stun or kill. Statistics differ: the American Bird Conservancy cites the annual number of bird deaths via window strikes at 300 million to one billion birds whereas the US Fish and Wildlife Service says its anywhere from as low as 97 million upwards to 972 million.