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Bird champions are too silent on wind farm harm

The "Birds, fish may like wind farm" article on Monday 11 was poorly researched. It has been well-documented that thousands of birds (from large raptors to small warblers) are killed by land-based wind turbines in the western U.S. each year. And many species of migrating birds using the Atlantic Flyway cross Delaware Bay between southern New Jersey and Delaware every fall and spring. Neither of these facts was mentioned in the article.

The "Birds, fish may like wind farm" article on Monday 11 was poorly researched.

It has been well-documented that thousands of birds (from large raptors to small warblers) are killed by land-based wind turbines in the western U.S. each year. And many species of migrating birds using the Atlantic Flyway cross Delaware Bay between southern New Jersey and Delaware every fall and spring. Neither of these facts was mentioned in the article.

The ship that was to collect research data on bird migration across the area where the turbines will be located was wrecked on the beach by a storm. Will this critical interrupted study be completed?

It would have been prudent to conduct this important study during both fall and spring migrations (which has not been done), and before this project was approved. If birds are destroyed after the turbines are built, they will be carried away by currents and never noticed.

This shipwreck also demonstrated the tremendous power of ocean storms in the wind farm area, which may well impede construction of the turbine towers, as well as possibly destroy them later, neither of which has received media attention.

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The "Birds, fish may like wind farm" article on Monday 11 was poorly researched.

It has been well-documented that thousands of birds (from large raptors to small warblers) are killed by land-based wind turbines in the western U.S. each year. And many species of migrating birds using the Atlantic Flyway cross Delaware Bay between southern New Jersey and Delaware every fall and spring. Neither of these facts was mentioned in the article.

The ship that was to collect research data on bird migration across the area where the turbines will be located was wrecked on the beach by a storm. Will this critical interrupted study be completed?

It would have been prudent to conduct this important study during both fall and spring migrations (which has not been done), and before this project was approved. If birds are destroyed after the turbines are built, they will be carried away by currents and never noticed.

This shipwreck also demonstrated the tremendous power of ocean storms in the wind farm area, which may well impede construction of the turbine towers, as well as possibly destroy them later, neither of which has received media attention.

The Sierra Club, Audubon Society and other "environmental" groups have been oddly silent about wind farms' dangers to migrating birds. Would they be vigorously opposing this project if it were not "politically correct"?


Source: http://www.delawareonline.c...

AUG 14 2008
http://www.windaction.org/posts/16514-bird-champions-are-too-silent-on-wind-farm-harm
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