Here at Missouri Wind and Solar, we are often asked if wind turbines pose a threat to birds. We have quite a few wind turbines up at our store in Seymour, MO. There are several mounted on the rooftop as well as on a
In the video below, Jeff discusses the recorded instances of bird deaths and some of the major causes, none of which are micro wind turbines.
Need more proof? Here are a couple of comments from wind turbine owners:
After 4yrs of my wind turbine being up it has never killed a bird. and mine is setup in the woods...
I have a 500W wind turbine from MW&S. It's never killed anything. I love it. If you are ready to buy, buy your supplies from MW&S. They're good people.
While we're not telling you to ban your beloved cat or get rid of your cell phones, but we are trying to stress that
Link to original NPR report on bird deaths and cell phone towers mentioned in Jeff's video can be found here.
Micro Wind Turbines and Birds
We prefer windy days and lots of output from our wind turbines. Our feathered friends, however, don't mind a calm day and a nice place to perch:
Waiting for another windy day in Central MN. The birds are not.
Image credit: Matt Cater