BrightSource Energy, which operates the largest solar energy facility on the planet, has a problem with "streamers" - as they call birds flying across the facility and burst into flames at the average rate of one every two minutes. So they're going to do something about it:
BrightSource is spending $1.8 on a mitigation fund that could be used to spay and neuter cats. Because maybe fewer cats mean fewer cat-related bird deaths which somehow offsets the solar death ray bird deaths?
Well alrighty then. Fortunately, one of the partner companies is implementing some more reasonable measures:
NRG Energy, the majority owner of the Ivanpah project, is working with local wildlife organizations and investigating a number of avian deterrent efforts, including the same kinds of systems that airports use to keep birds away. Some of the options under consideration include anti-perching devices, waste and water containment systems to keep birds from looking for food near by, replacing conventional lighting with anti-bird LEDs, and sonic deterrent methods.
At least they're getting serious about addressing the issue; with any luck, some or all of the approaches they're implementing may actually help to reduce - if not to eliminate - the carnage.
And in other animal news, Outside has another SeaWorld hit-piece, featuring "insights" from three former members of the animal care staff. One of them actually has some experience, though even he seems to have been fairly inept, from a professional perspective. The other two are inexperienced basket cases with one and two years of experience, respectively - and tearily emotional girls who apparently just wanted to love and be loved. Some people really have no business in animal care.
Naturally, they're the very ones you go to when you want to do a hit-piece.
For the record, I'm not a big SeaWorld fan, and for the most part it has been my experience that fish-flingers are long on ego and short on skills; physical and behavioral biology are knowledge-sets that many seem to lack.