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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    In 58 years in radio, including many as transmitter engineer, I have never seen a dead bird near a tower. And I do not know anyone who has.
    Wow, the birds get burned so badly this engineer hasn't seen one in over a half-century.

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    This Wikipedia* article helps put things in perspective:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towerk...e-FAA_Report-5

    And here's the FAA's 2012 evaluation of how to reduce avian fatalities:

    http://www.tc.faa.gov/its/worldpac/techrpt/tctn12-9.pdf

    And the FCC's 2015 response:

    http://wireless.fcc.gov/migratory-bi...ate_120415.pdf



    *Wikipedia is not always completely reliable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly A View Post
    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.
    There are some environmentalists who are so extreme, their goal truly IS to take us back to the
    11th Century.

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    The really extreme ones want to eliminate humans in order to save the planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wadio View Post
    This Wikipedia* article helps put things in perspective:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towerk...e-FAA_Report-5

    And here's the FAA's 2012 evaluation of how to reduce avian fatalities:

    http://www.tc.faa.gov/its/worldpac/techrpt/tctn12-9.pdf

    And the FCC's 2015 response:

    http://wireless.fcc.gov/migratory-bi...ate_120415.pdf



    *Wikipedia is not always completely reliable
    I find it interesting that one of the studies is based on observations at a 1000 foot tower at Tallahassee, FL. For a number of years I was in charge of WTNT in that market. We had a 900' tower, and never had a bird death issue.

    I think that if one wants to find a dead bird in the areas where towers are typically located, it is likely that by walking around the site and the area one would occasionally be found. My question is whether the number of dead birds found on any piece of property of the same size as a tall tower site would be significantly different.
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    The only wildlife encounter I know of was a mouse getting into the transmitter of a station I worked. The poor CE toiled for two long days tearing things apart to figure out the cause of the outage. Naturally this happened back when AM played music and transmitters were full of tubes. I never saw dead birds around the FM tower or the 3 tower AM array.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    The only wildlife encounter I know of was a mouse getting into the transmitter of a station I worked. The poor CE toiled for two long days tearing things apart to figure out the cause of the outage. Naturally this happened back when AM played music and transmitters were full of tubes. I never saw dead birds around the FM tower or the 3 tower AM array.
    Wonder what fried mouse tastes like. Guess I'll never know. :-)
    "Quondo omni flunkus moritati"--When all else fails, play dead.

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