Dr. Joel Pagel: Eagle Mortality At Wind Turbines

Nov 12, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Taylor Auditorium

Dr. Joel Pagel, a raptor biologist at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will be speaking on a hidden environmental cost of wind energy: golden and bald eagle deaths that result from being struck by turbine blades.

Wind turbine facilities are seen as an environmentally friendly energy source due to their minimal carbon footprint relative to fossil-fuel-based production. But wind turbines present a serious hazard to many birds, which fail to see their spinning blades until it’s too late. Dr. Joel Pagel, a raptor biologist who works for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will be speaking at Pacific University on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. on the effects of wind turbine facilities on golden and bald eagle populations nationwide.

Dr. Pagel is the lead co-author of a recently published paper in the Journal of Raptor Research that analyzes 85 documented eagle kills at 32 wind facilities between 1997 and 2012. Though each of these mortalities is a violation of the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, no penalties have been levied against the wind-energy companies that operate them.

Dr. Pagel’s publication reveals a hidden environmental cost of wind energy and has received media coverage from the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post and KCET public television. In his evening lecture at Pacific, he will discuss the threats that alternative energy facilities pose to foraging birds of prey and the repercussions of these mortalities on the health of eagle populations. Given the intense public interest in wind energy as an environmentally responsible choice, Dr. Pagel’s presentation on the collateral damage inflicted by wind turbines is sure to challenge perceptions of green energy.

Dr. Pagel's talk begins at 7 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium (Marsh 216) at the Forest Grove Campus of Pacific University. This event is sponsored by the Deparment of Environmental Studies.

Posted by Rich Van Buskirk (vanbuskirk@pacificu.edu) on Nov 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Edited by Jenni Luckett (jluckett@pacificu.edu) on Nov 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

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