Wind Turbines on Appalachian Ridges: Rising Concern for the Eastern Golden Eagle

Many raptors, and golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in particular, are susceptible to collisions with turbine blades.  Recent research has shown that the population of golden eagles in eastern North America is small, and that a large proportion of these birds both travel through and overwinter in the Appalachian Mountains.  Although the golden eagle is rare in the eastern U.S., recent research has shown that wintering golden eagles often concentrate on forested ridges in the central Appalachian region – the same ridges targeted for industrial wind energy projects.