June 25, 2008

Power Lines Prove Deadly for Birds

A U.S. wildlife biologist says the government is trying to find ways to prevent birds from running into power lines and wind turbines.

Al Manville of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the Western Area Power Administration is working with the agency on a project in North Dakota that could reduce the number birds killed each year along the Central Flyway bird migration route, USA Today reported Tuesday.

The researchers last year placed colorful diverters on power lines to give birds a visual clue to stay away.

Researchers said 344 dead birds were found in the test area last year, down from 429 the previous year when there were no diverters in place. I do believe there will be a decline, Misti Schriner, a biologist with the Western Area Power Administration, told the newspaper.