In mere fact only, it was just another day at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA): the president of a national nonprofit organization was paying a visit to the wind power association's Washington, D.C. offices. But on this particular overcast morning in November, the visit -- or the visitor -- was a bit more special than usual. The man chatting it up with AWEA staff was John Flicker, the president of the National Audubon Society.

"When you look at a wind turbine, you can find the bird carcasses and count them. With a coal-fired power plant, you can't count the carcasses, but it's going to kill a lot more birds." -- John Flicker, National Audubon Society, president