AR-News: (US) cell phones & bird deaths

Mary Finelli hello_itz_me at
Mon Aug 25 00:41:49 EDT 2003

FCC to Investigate Why Millions of Birds Fly into Cell-Phone Towers
from the 8/22 Grist magazine

The Federal Communications Commission is launching an investigation
into the reasons why high numbers of birds are killed by flying into
cell-phone and broadcast towers in the U.S.  Each year, an estimated
5 million to 50 million birds die this way, says the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service.  Researchers suspect that lights on communications
towers somehow attract the birds.  The inquiry is part of an FCC plan
announced in May to study how the rapid spread of cell-phone and
other towers affects the environment, historic sites, and Native
American lands, and how those towers might be better designed.

straight to the source:  Rocky Mount Telegram, Associated Press, 21 Aug 2003

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