eagles http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Eagle-take permitting gets underway for Wyoming wind farm http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eagle-take-permitting-gets-underway-wyoming-wind-farm <p>The federal government is getting ready to issue its first eagle-take permit for a wind power project in Wyoming.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 01:12:11 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50821 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eagle-take permitting gets underway for Wyoming wind farm 'WingWhackers' app puts spotlight on conflict between birds and wind turbines http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wingwhackers-app-puts-spotlight-conflict-between-birds-and-wind-turbines <p>A <a href="http://www.wingwhackers.com/" target="_blank">smartphone app</a> that’s trying to raise awareness about conflicts between wind turbines and birds saw a spike in downloads after a settlement over eagle deaths at wind farms in Wyoming was announced last week.<br /><br />The game is called WingWhackers, and the premise is pretty simple. You’re a protected bird of some kind -- an eagle, an owl, a hawk, and you need to make it home with dinner, through a field of spinning wind turbines.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:44:31 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50772 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'WingWhackers' app puts spotlight on conflict between birds and wind turbines Duke Energy makes strides to curb bird deaths after being fined http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/duke-energy-makes-strides-curb-bird-deaths-after-being-fined <p>A wind energy company that was fined a million dollars Friday for the deaths of 14 golden eagles at its Wyoming facilities says it’s making strides to mitigate future bird deaths.</p><p>Duke Energy spokeswoman Tammie McGee says Duke has removed rock piles that can attract prey and employs field biologists who send out alerts if turbines need to be shut down. She says they’re also working to install a radar system.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:42:02 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50411 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Duke Energy makes strides to curb bird deaths after being fined Wyoming wind farms take a toll on eagles http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-wind-farms-take-toll-eagles <p>Wyoming wind farms have killed more than 30 eagles in the last five years, according to a <a href="http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.3356/JRR-12-00019.1" target="_blank">new study</a> by several U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists. That’s more than any state except for California -- and that’s despite Wyoming having relatively few wind turbines.<br><br>Brian Millsap is one of the study’s authors. He says it’s hard to say why Wyoming wind farms account for such a disproportionate percentage of eagle deaths. One explanation is that the state simply has more eagles than other places.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:26:37 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 47075 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming wind farms take a toll on eagles Yellowstone raptor study examines impact of human disturbance on eagles http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-raptor-study-examines-impact-human-disturbance-eagles <p><strong>We&rsquo;re joined now by Charles Preston. He&rsquo;s the senior curator at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, and he&rsquo;s overseeing a research project involving golden eagles in the Bighorn Basin. The first goal of the project is to get baseline numbers on eagles in the area. Then, they&rsquo;re looking at how human disturbances &ndash; like energy development, or just people recreating &ndash; are affecting the birds. </strong></p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:05:05 +0000 Willow Belden 28364 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone raptor study examines impact of human disturbance on eagles