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Weekly bird news roundup (June 10)

Since we don’t have time to go into a full analysis of each newsworthy moment about birds that occurs each week, here is a brief overview of important bird news from this week.

Large bird breeding center in Florida ruffles feathers

Connie Kloss found solace in breeding exotic birds after her daughter was murdered 18 years ago, but neighbors are complaining about the excessively noisy birds that wake them up in the morning and keep them up at night, according to St. Petersburg Times.

Kloss has about 75 birds that she houses in a $40,000 building in her backyard. Kloss and her husband have been public enemy number one since moving to the neighborhood a few months ago and neighbors are doing their best to get her birds out of the area.

Apparently, the noise was so brutal, an inspector even had to leave:

A county animal inspector who visited the property in March noted the noise, writing that “upon entering the housing areas for birds, the level of noise went up to the point of having to leave the area due to the noise.”

Kloss and residents were hoping to resolve the issue, but not enough commissioners showed up this week to vote on whether she could keep the birds or not.

30 birds from state in India enter the endangered species list

In very alarming news, 30 birds from a single state in India have flown onto the endangered species list raising the number in India to 144, according to The Times of India.

One of the birds on the list is the Great Indian Bustard, which is one of the world’s largest birds and a staple of India. There are as few as 250 individuals, according to an article at Surfbirds. The birds were once highly prevalent in the grasslands of India and Pakistan, but disturbances and habitat destruction have caused the numbers to dwindle. Their size makes them an easy target because they can’t hide from humans and require more space.

The battle for bird-friendly wind farms continue

According to the Los Angeles Times, several environmental groups led by the American Bird Conservancy are demanding mandatory standards for wind farms because of the increased threat they pose to protected species.

The wind farm in California’s Altamont Pass raises a big issue. Although it’s considered an outlier for bird deaths, the number of protected birds the turbines kill each year are tremendous. Here’s how the LA Times put it:

Scores of protected golden eagles have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines along the ridgelines of the Bay Area’s Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area, raising troubling questions about the state’s push for alternative power sources.

California is pushing hard to get more energy from alternative sources like wind farms, which seems like a fantastic idea for environmentalists, but potentially deadly to thousands of birds. That’s why ABC is pushing to minimize the risk of bird deaths by asking for bird-friendly standards.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.