How Duke Energy is using technology to save eagles at a Wyoming wind site

Penny Macormic starts her day early. At 6 a.m. on this day in June, Glenrock, Wyoming, is cool and quiet enough to hear the meadowlarks chirp and whistle on the ranchlands. Every day, she drives her pickup truck down the bumpy gravel roads looking for wildlife from mule deer to cattle and sheep. Of course, she’s looking for eagles, too.

Penny Macormic is an eagle observation specialist at Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions’ Top of the World Windpower Project in Glenrock, Wyoming. Her job is to monitor wildlife and help maintain technology called IdentiFlight that keeps eagles safe from the wind turbines.

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