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Bird mortality - causes

Estimated bird mortality from selected anthropogenic causes in the U.S. in 2005

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I: Mid-range of fatality estimates reported from Klem (1990), 1 – 10 bird fatalities per house, extrapolated to 100 million residences.
II: Based primarily on a study in the Netherlands (Koops 1987), extrapolated to 500,000 miles of bulk transmission line in U.S.
III: One study in Wisconsin estimated 40 million (Coleman and Temple 1996), there are 60 million cats claimed as pets in the U.S. V: Conservative estimate using low range of empirical fatality rate (0.1 to 3.6 birds/acre), studies typically adjusted from searcher efficiency and scavenging
VI: Estimates from models derived by Manville and Evans (M. Manville, pers. comm.).
VII: Mid-range of per turbine and per MW estimates derived from empirical data collected at several wind projects (table 1).
* These values are rounded

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