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Windmills are a hazard to bats

By From page A12 | March 02, 2014

I am in fourth grade and have been learning about an issue I want to bring to your attention — bats colliding with windmill blades. This is an increasing problem in California and throughout the nation.

Wind power is a great source of renewable energy, but scientists are finding that it kills bats, especially migratory tree bats. Bat deaths are now being recorded at almost all wind farms.
Why bats collide with wind turbines is a mystery. Some scientists think that bats mistake wind turbines for trees and they are killed when they come in for a closer look. Scientists are experimenting with different ways of keeping bats away from the turbines with whistles and light shows. Some scientists are also creating different types of windmills that hopefully will be less harmful to bats.
We need bats because they are part of a healthy environment. They pollinate flowers and crops and they eat mosquitoes and other pests. Until a solution to this problem is found, the best thing we can do to help bats is use less electricity. Keep your heat turned down and wear a coat, turn lights off when you leave a room, and hang your laundry outside to dry.

Please be careful about the electricity you use and help save a bat!

Adam Perry

Davis

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