Are birds or bats more effected by wind turbines?



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    Since most wind turbine plants are located in areas where windspeeds are often high–such as fields, along coastlines, or directly offshore–birds are far more susceptible to them than bats. The bird mortality rate can be anywhere from 1 to 7.5 birds per turbine per year across the country, whereas only approximately 4.26 bats die per turbine per year. The destruction of both bird and bat habitat will undoubtedly increase along with the number of wind turbines put in each year, but birds will most likely suffer more losses in this category as well, since 90% of bats found dead at turbine sites are classified as migratory.

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