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UPDATE on Golden Eagle Found 27 Days After Losing Wing to Wind Turbine

(UPDATE:  Since many of you have asked about what eventually happened to this golden eagle, I asked for more information and here it is. — DQ)

“After inspecting the bird’s injuries, including the loss of a wing, it was determined that the wing discovered earlier had come from this bird.  The injured eagle was taken to the Sulphur Creek Nature Center for rehabilitation and subsequent permanent placement in a wildlife facility.”

For the Altamont study it did not count as a wind turbine fatality because the eagle lived. I have more news about this eagle.   It was an immature and I believe its parents were feeding their grounded offspring otherwise it would have died during this time period. I have seen similar behavior with other birds and raptors. — Jim

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Jim Wiegand — June 8, 2014

The right wing of this golden eagle was discovered at Altamont on March 13 near a turbine declared “safer” for raptors by the wind industry.  The injured eagle was captured 27 days later on April 9.  

The wandering and starving eagle was also found hundreds of meters from any wind turbines. This is significant because most of the wandering dead are not accounted for in wind industry studies.  Wind turbines victims like this golden eagle and endangered species travel great distances away from the wind industry’s tiny search areas used to conceal wind farm mortality.

 golden eagle wing

This is just one of the many thousands of eagles that have been smashed out of the sky by wind turbines.

****  Jim Wiegand has no affiliations with any business, industry, or groups except Save the Eagles International. He receives no funding for any of this from any outside source. His research and articles are his gift to wildlife and an ignorant society.

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8 Comments on “UPDATE on Golden Eagle Found 27 Days After Losing Wing to Wind Turbine”

  1. christinewthomas June 9, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    MORE OF THESE INCIDENTS SHOULD BE HIGHLIGHTED. IT IS SO DEPRESSING TO KNOW THIS IS HAPPENING, YET NOTHING IS BEING DONE ABOUT IT. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE RSPB’s STANCE IS ON WIND TURBINES?

  2. Craig June 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    How do you know for sure that this was caused by a wind turbine and not something else?

    • Donna Quixote June 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

      The wing was found on the ground under the turbine. Raptors — especially eagles — are one of the most common birds hit by wind turbines. There are plenty of pictures on the internet showing what happens when those blades (many of which are toothed) hits a bird.

      Do you have an idea of anything else that could sever the wing of an eagle like that?

  3. julie Heitz June 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    is there an update to the condition of the Golden Eagle. I’m sure someone took it to a wildlife rehab to see if it could be saved. I think if you’re going to post this story, you should have an update. Many will want to know.

    • Donna Quixote June 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      I’m not sure if an update is available. I can try to find out.

  4. cornwallwindwatch June 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

  5. Angry Wind Refugee June 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    Simply terrible. Those s.o.bs responsible for this should be tethered to a plane and flown through a wind “farm” ha! After they’re “smashed” out of the sky throw their sorry butts in jail.
    Maybe they can wear a pair of red rubber boots. How cute…

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