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OFFICIALS FEAR TOWERS THREATEN BIRDS' HABITAT

Plans for special weather radar in northern Utah concern state Wildlife Resources Division officials, who worry about the effect of the system on endangered animals.

DWR spokeswoman Cathy Quinn said the doppler radar system is designed to detect low-altitude hazardous weather conditions, such as a wind shear, which would threaten aircraft at Salt Lake City International Airport.The proposed Federal Aviation Administration communication towers would be some 15 miles north of the airport, probably on Davis County lands west of Interstate 15.

An interconnected National Weather Service system would include planned towers near the airport and on the Great Salt Lake's Promontory Point.

"Some of this area is peregrine falcon habitat," Quinn said. "We also have bald eagles wintering in this area, in addition to the ducks and geese stopping off at the marshes on their migration route."