I have seen a handful of birds hit glass windows in skyscrapers and even small, one story buildings. Can't recall EVER seeing any birds not happily content chilling on a tower. Wires may be another story on the towers. I guess that would be bad vision issues. Strobey lights are everyone's friends. Think these ultra bright LED lights will cause billions of mishaps? I guess traffic lights will be the next thing under attack.
The day after the Lake Gun tower killed 2,300 birds, engineers removed the bird feeder from the top of the antenna mast saying, "We thought we were helping to preserve the bird population."
But seriously, how does NPR justify this article? NPR is supposed to be the arbiter of all things correct. Is it sloppy reporting or is there a hidden agenda? I can't see a motive -- there's little money to be made from the sale of flashing lights.
I once worked at a place that had both a 700' and 1500' tower in back. No dead birds there. I think those numbers are total B.S.
Keep in mind there are estimated to be between 200 and 400 billion birds in the world. Huge numbers fall victim to weather, disease, predators, etc. Any that might be killed by flying into a tower are a microscopically tiny number in comparison.
At transmitter sites it is more often dead rodents who gain access and gnaw on power cables.
The idea that any more birds die at a tower site than on a comparably sized piece of grassland or woodland has been debunked by knowledgeable groups such as the SBE.
There was also suggestion that the Gun Lake incident was wildly exaggerated and there appears to be little evidence that the deaths were caused by impact injuries as opposed to some natural cause related to disease or diet.
There are many references on the Internet more recent than the alleged "Lake Gun Tower Deaths" relating incidents of mass deaths of fish-eating birds in Michigan due to a form of botulism caused by the fish.
If I could find many, many examples of similar incidents via a simple search, why couldn't NPR?
Apparently the Gun Lake incident occurred 40 years ago.
The article also states that towers can be as high as 1000 feet, when in fact the country is populated by a great number of towers up to 2000 feet in height. They also would seem to be pointing the finger at radio stations, rather than the many users of towers in the communications, cellular and other industries. So many poorly written and researched topic presented as facts.
Last edited by TheBigA; 01-25-2017 at 11:52 AM.
This issue is more than just this particular story. About two years ago I attended a public meeting at FCC H.Q. where the advocates making these ridiculous claims, made them in front of Commissioners. Unfortunately, the FCC sat and listened politely, with no opportunity for rebuttal or common sense.
Steve's comment about birds being blown up on utility poles is valid, but somehow I doubt these people would garner the same audience or interest, if suggesting the elimination of utility structures.
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