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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths

Solomon, a 14-year-old golden eagle, perches on a branch at the Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward, Calif. According to keepers, a wind turbine near the Altamont Pass severed a portion of Solomon's left wing in 2000 leaving him unable to fly or survive in the wild. It's the not-so-green secret of the nation's wind-energy boom: Spinning turbines are killing thousands of federally protected birds, including eagles, each year.