Newswires have been picking up the story of Red-tailed Hawks burned by methane burners at landfills in Wisconsin (see more and links to story at Audubon Birdscapes). This morning I had a good conversation with Gary Siftar of OKRaptors.org. Here's some photos of burned birds from his area:
Looks like the birds are usually young Red-tailed Hawks.
Here's the culprit in Oklahoma--a 60 foot tall stack, unlike the smaller burner in Wisconsin (see photo at Audubon Birdscapes).
May be tougher to retro-fit this larger stack to make sure birds can't land on it or fly through the flare. But should still be doable.
Photos: Gary Siftar
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