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Birders worry about wind turbines near Lake Erie

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) -

A plan to build a wind turbine along Lake Erie near a well-known spot for migrating birds is worrying environmentalists.

Conservationists say wind turbines are a threat to the birds and the thousands of tourists who come to the area east of Toledo every spring to see the migration.

The News-Herald newspaper (http://ohne.ws/V0Mf16 ) in Port Clinton reports that one and possibly two wind turbines are planned in Ottawa County.

Mark Shieldcastle is research director for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. He calls the area 1 of the best for migratory birds in the nation.

He says one wind turbine has been in the works for a while, but he just learned another one might be in development.

Tourism officials say bird tourism brings in over $300 million to the county.

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