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18 amazing wind farm photos

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 1, 2010, 12:43 p.m.
Bird safety and wind turbines

Photo: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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For the birds

This photo is great because the wind turbine fades into the background as the little bluebird takes the attention front and center. Old-school wind turbines like those found in Altamont Pass, Calif., can be a bird's worst nightmare. Set low to the ground with fast-moving blades, they aren’t friendly to any feathered friend unlucky enough to find itself in its whirling blades. Modern turbine blades are hundreds of feet off the ground and rotate much slower, cutting the number of avian fatalities sharply over those made and installed decades ago.