www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c84+36?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZEagles win reprieve as Minnesota PUC delays wind farm decision.375722013-03-01T20:06:03Z2013-03-01T20:06:03ZPUC chair Beverly Heydinger listed several hurdles. It's not clear whether the project's new ownership changes its status as a community-based energy development ...New Era's contract with Xcel Energy to purchase power is in question, as is its construction timeline. Nor is it clear that it can build the project and abide by restrictions to protect eagles that could be required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Bald Eagle Annual Deaths As High As 14.370472013-01-16T21:19:10Z2013-01-16T21:19:10ZUnited States Fish and Wildlife Service predicts that between 8 and 14 American bald eagles could be killed annually if New Era Wind Farm is built as currently designed. The outcome of USFWS's eagle mortality models are dramatically higher than one eagle every-other-year as predicted by New Era's consultant Westwood Professional Services. Rochester to host International Bald Eagle Days.359392012-08-31T19:02:06Z2012-08-31T19:02:06ZBald Eagle Days has typically drawn a couple hundred people, but Ingram says it's unclear what effect the long hiatus and heightened local interest will have on those numbers.
Minnesota produces the fifth-most wind energy in the country, but it's also in the top three for nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states.
Wildlife authorities investigating report of dead eagle at wind energy site .351452012-06-05T19:24:40Z2012-06-05T19:24:40ZThe Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM) has learned that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is investigating a report of a dead bald eagle found beneath a wind turbine in southeast Minnesota. The bald eagle was reportedly found over the weekend on a farm near the town of LeRoy.PUC delays hearing on wind turbine bird deaths.342632012-02-02T20:51:47Z2012-02-02T20:51:47ZThe Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has postponed a hearing on a plan to limit bird and bat deaths at a controversial wind farm proposed for Goodhue County. Wind farm will seek permit to legally kill eagles.341492012-01-21T20:27:52Z2012-01-21T20:27:52ZA controversial wind farm proposed near Red Wing plans to ask for federal permission to legally kill eagles, making it one of the first in the nation to participate in a new federal strategy aimed at managing the often-lethal conflict between birds and turbine blades.
Wind farm tensions flare over eagle study.338382011-12-17T20:26:35Z2011-12-17T20:26:35ZTo date, there are only five known instances in North America of bald eagles killed by wind turbines, said Rich Davis, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who has been monitoring the project for two years. But the Goodhue project is the first to be constructed in an area widely used by both bald and golden eagles for nesting and migrating, he said.Bald eagles could thwart Red Wing wind farm.325662011-07-24T03:25:46Z2011-07-24T03:25:46ZThe conflict between these two opposing environmental goals -- clean energy and protecting wildlife -- is occurring increasingly as wind farms sprout across the nation. There is a growing realization that the massive towers with blades that travel hundreds of miles per hour are killing millions of wandering birds and bats.
The concerns are having an effect.
Power line in western ND includes $500,000 to make sure whooping cranes don't run into it.261962010-03-15T19:20:40Z2010-03-15T19:20:40ZDevelopers of a new power line in western North Dakota are spending $500,000 to make sure whooping cranes don't run into it.
Minnesota Power is building the 22-mile line in Morton and Oliver counties. It's supposed to connect a new 75-megawatt wind farm to the Square Butte electric substation near Center.
Bird counters map migration patterns to aid plans for wind turbines.229052009-08-30T07:17:21Z2009-08-30T07:17:21ZEnergy advocates are eyeing wind turbines to create electricity along the North Shore. Bird researchers are studying where the migrating birds fly most often. Once they know, they can advise the energy people on areas to avoid. ..."We know we have a globally significant raptor migration route here that [wind turbines] could have a serious impact on if not done correctly,'' Niemi said. "But we also have these hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of passerines [small birds] that come through here at pretty much the same time that most people don't even know about. We have to look out for them, too.''
Bird and Bat Studies Conducted at Proposed or Existing Windpower Facilities.86142007-03-01T00:00:00Z2007-03-01T00:00:00ZThis document includes studies in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.