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Ohio birders question wind-turbine proposal

Associated Press • Oct 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

The (Toledo) Blade (http://bit.ly/P48Hao ) reports that birders are worrying about what effect the turbine's whirring blades will have on bald eagles and migratory birds that gather in the marshes and woods along the lake twice a year.

The proposal for the turbine a mile from the lake in Ottawa County is under attack and is being analyzed by wildlife officials.

Kim Kaufman, executive director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Oak Harbor, says the coastal swath dotted with wildlife areas and refugees is a "globally important" bird habitat.

Officials say the 500-kilowatt turbine would generate wind power, reduce electric costs and aid research.

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