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stmbtwle

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Here it is:
https://www.fws.gov/birds/bird-enthusiasts/threats-to-birds.php

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Many thanks for the source URL, the picture I posted must have been a screen shot of that table/page. 

Growing up in the urban UK I was well aware that domestic cats are the biggest threat to wild bird populations, (a reason why I would never have one) [smile], and now living in Canada have seen horrific pictures of bird flocks in tar sand tailings pits etc.

I had however thought that slow moving blades of 'modern' wind turbines wouldn't be likely to cause significant kills, it would be interesting to know how many turbines there were in the study that produced the 174,000 figure, if for example, there were 174,000 turbines polled that would only be one bird per year per turbine.

Anyone have access to a world wide # of turbines estimate?
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Here it is: https://www.fws.gov/birds/bird-enthusiasts/threats-to-birds.php
Thanks Willie and colimcc. I've bookmarked it for the next time this comes up.

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In answer to my own question, I found this figure 52,343, 'The number of wind turbines in the US at the end of 2016'. At:http://gwec.net/global-figures/wind-in-numbers/
On the assumption that double that number exist in the rest of the world, (an substantial under estimate I suspect), based on the table estimate that means approx 1 bird is killed by each wind turbine a year. 

Let's agree to ban cats before getting het-up about wind turbines! [wink]
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