Renewable Energy Endangering Wildlife Cause of Concern

Wind energy is fast becoming the daily norm. While its adoption is rapid, the integration of wind power energy throughout the world offers hope for a transition to sustainable development. However, reports show that this type of renewable energy production also poses a problem for high flying birds of prey like eagles.

To cater to this problem, scientists are working on a new generation of wind power generation tools that offer a win-win solution for both birds and renewable energy plants in general.  The tools work to enable developers to span out the best sites for autonomous wind turbines quickly. These include regions likely to minimize the risk of collisions between eagles and turbines. Scientists elate that the tool will significantly reduce bird deaths while reducing the need for constant repairs that cause massive disruptions in renewable energy production.

Conservationists state that the most affected bird in this occurrence is the much-loved Eagle of Evreux. The bird of prey is a charismatic bird found in the flatlands that are more prominent with wind turbines. The bird is the most threatened species because it is particularly susceptible to collisions. Researchers are not sure of the cause for this occurrence. Scientists do not know whether the reason is that the eagles cannot see the rotating turbines or do not know the moving blades are dangerous. However, scientists theorize that when the birds travel at speeds of up to 290kph, their vision is focused on finding food and not concentrating on escaping collisions from the turbine tips spinning at 290km/hr.

Further theories speculate that the turbines tend to rotate at frequencies far from the eagle’s frequency the bird’s eyes operate. However, designers are focused on typically reducing the future occurrence of these collisions. The most prominent solution is that engineers aim to redirect wind turbines’ construction clear from intensive usage regions of the eagles to avoid future occurrence of such collisions.

These birds’ preservation has forced all upcoming construction further some distance from the birds’ frequently accessed active nesting sites. This solution includes the provision of circular exclusion buffers in nesting areas. However, research into bird habits shows that Eagles are not limited to their geographical regions but span out looking for prey. These occurrences force planners and conservationists to rethink their approach towards saving the lives of these hunters. The state of conservation of the environment is dependent on the capability to preserve the lives of the birds.