Monday, January 19, 2009

Lennox Generating Station

As you cross on the Amherst Island ferry look to the west and you will see two tall chimneys. Between 1972 and 1982 over 22,000 birds were killed by flying into the floodlights illuminating the stacks. Specimens were collected by Hydro staff and shipped to the National Museum of Canada in Ottawa to be used as study skins. Finally, in 1983 the floodlights were replaced by strobe lights and the mortality rate dropped to only a few birds per season.

Here is a photo of the generating station:

Good birding,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this informative post: I wasn't aware of the destruction there nor the ready solution, one presumably applicable to many such structures.