The Altamont Pass wind farm, just east of Livermore, has over 4500 turbines (a.k.a. windmills) and was, at one time, the largest and highest-power-producing wind farm in the world. Unfortunately, the specific location and design of some of its turbines also makes it a blender for birds, and over the past 20 years it has probably killed over 20,000 birds, including hundreds of golden eagles and thousands of hawks. As part of a lawsuit settlement a couple of years ago, the wind farm operators agreed to make some changes to greatly reduce the bird kill: they would shut down some of the turbines during the winter (when kills are highest and power production is lowest), and would remove some of the less efficient turbines and replace them with larger, more efficient models that have been found to kill fewer birds. Sounds OK, but here’s the thing: they aren’t doing it! The San Franciso Chronicle had an article about this a few weeks ago. Oooh, it just burns me up.