Environmentalist Wackos Trying To Destroy America's Cup
To keep the big America's Cup contest afloat, San Francisco has agreed to spend $150,000 to study whether the racing boats - and their towering sails - will scare birds on the bay.
The study, which will be conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, is part of a settlement of a lawsuit brought by a group that included former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin.
"It's not that we're trying to head-shrink the birds," said Mike Lynes of the Golden Gate Audubon Society. "But when they take off because they are frightened, they expend energy, and that can affect their health."
According to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report on the subject, the race coincides with the beginning of migration season and has the potential to "overlap" with "rafting" birds that travel the Pacific Flyway.