The number of avian strikes at the Altamont wind facility in California has tumbled by about 50% since 2005, according to a study by consulting firm ICF International. The finding has been welcomed by wind power supporters, who maintain that the rate of bird fatalities at the site is not representative of wind farms elsewhere in the country. "Those levels of collisions have never been replicated anywhere else," said John Anderson, director of siting policy for the American Wind Energy Association. "That site was developed in the infancy of the industry, and between the landscape, the wind conditions, the avian activity -- it really is a unique setting."
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