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Published April 19, 2012, 09:33 AM

Eagles count key for proposed wind farm

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — The number of eagles inhabiting a proposed wind farm in Goodhue County may be crucial to the project's future.

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — The number of eagles inhabiting a proposed wind farm in Goodhue County may be crucial to the project's future.

Developer Goodhue Wind says a survey of the 12,000-acre site near Red Wing shows seven eagle nests. State biologists have counted ten nests. The number of eagles is key to whether the developer will get a federal permit to kill or injure a specified number of birds. It would allow Goodhue Wind to move forward with the project without adversely affecting the overall eagle population in Minnesota.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/IVOE98 ) says the federal permit process was developed in 2009 as a compromise between the demand for clean wind power and concerns over the estimated hundreds of thousands of birds and bats that they kill each year.

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