Birds burned at Mojave Desert solar plant

While we've been hearing stories about birds being singed in midair by the concentrated solar rays at the BrightSource Energy facility in the Ivanpah Dry Lake Bed in the Mojave Desert, a new Associated Press story running nationally is getting a lot of attention. U.S. Fish & Wildlife investigators are sounding the alarm as the project's operators are applying for a permit for an even larger facility. Audubon Califonia's Garry George is quoted in the article contending that no permit should be issues until the dangers at the existing plant are fully understood. Pictured above is a USFWS photo of a warbler carcass found at the Invanpah site with burned feathers.

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