Flying back from Montreal yesterday, we went over a wind farm somewhere in Quebec (I assume we were still in Quebec), with some 150 to 200 turbines whipping around. It looked neat from the air, but it does take up a lot of room. I wonder what all those turning blades do to bird migrations. On the other hand, I suspect that that farm supplied all of the electrical needs for the very sparsely populated country around it.
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As for bird migration the wind farms are NOT a hindrance - yes there are some birds that will fly into the propellors <-- keep in mind that birds fly into large glass buildings more so if the glass is the reflective type more then wind farms by a large margin .
Wind farm on the Big Island - colors 1 prop to prevent bird strikes , when spinning , it creates an illusion of a yellow colored round wall .
Not sure about Quebec wind farm but the one here provides power up to 1,000 homes less than 1% of homes <-- keep in mind that the wind don't always blow either , in fact today there is just a light breeze if you can call it that .
There are over 4000 turbines just north of Palm Springs contributing into the Edison grid. They're located in the desert pass between two mountain ranges where the wind blows 24/7. It's a no-man's land out there, too windy for development and the interstate runs right through it. It's an awesome sight to drive by and see all those 20-story high turbines spinning. Since they seem to continue building more and more each year, I assume either it's a profitable business generating a lot of electricity ... or it's a really good tax incentive to own them.
I certainly wish they were building them off the NJ Coast rather than drilling for oil. I'm not so concerned with the NIMBY effect... it's out of a sincere concern for the delicate coastal & intra coastal wildlife inextricably linked to the migration of literally billions of birds that intimately depend upon the seasonal glut of breeding shoals of sea life to see them on their way.
One oil spill can spell ecological disaster for hundreds of species of birds from one pole to the other. I'd MUCH rather have the turbines than the oil rigs.
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