Do Wind Turbines Kill Birds in Canada?


Do Wind Turbines Kill Birds in Canada?
Yes, but not in significant numbers.

In September, 2013, Environment Canada published the results of an extensive study in avian mortality in Canada that identified cats as the dominant killer of birds. Both feral and domestic cats kill nearly 200 million birds every year.

The next biggest killer identified doesn’t come close: houses and tall buildings kill nearly 25 million, and vehicles kill nearly 14 million.

Wind Turbines? In terms of the total kill per year, they are almost off the radar at 20 thousand.

Here is a quick look at the numbers:

CATS 196,000,000
BUILDINGS 25,000,000
POWER LINES 25,000,000
VEHICLES 14,000,000
GAME BIRDS 5,000,000
AGRI PESTICIDES 2,700,000
AGRI MOWING 2,200,000
COMMERCIAL FORESTRY – nests 1,400,000
COMMERCIAL FORESTRY – birds 900,000
WIND TURBINES 20,000