Articles filed under Impact on Birds from Canada

MPP wants answers on eagle eviction

"Why would they make a decision like that?" Barrett said. "I want to know who made this call. I want to find out if someone directed MNR to grant this permit and go against its legislation. My gut feeling is there is something seriously wrong here. I want to find out whether this decision was made outside the MNR." The Summerhaven wind project belongs to Nextera Energy Canada.
10 Jan 2013

Outrage in Haldimand over bald eagle nest removal

Jody Allair is a biologist with Bird Studies Canada in Port Rowan. He is the chief monitor of the bald eagle nesting program in southern Ontario. The MNR sought his opinion before issuing the removal permit. ...Allair told the MNR that the nest should be left alone and the turbines relocated elsewhere. Allair only learned of the nest’s removal on Monday.
7 Jan 2013

Eagle nest removed from wind farm site

"There are only 50-some bald eagle nests in Ontario," he said. "This is one." "There's no end to the limits that the government will go to accommodate the wind industry," he added. He also cautioned that the issue is much more far-reaching than Haldimand County.
6 Jan 2013

Wind turbine company Nextera & MNR destroy Bald Eagle Nest & habitat

Yesterday at 5:00pm the MNR gave a permit to this corporation to destroy this eagle pairs nest, and cut down the tree- as long as they were able to do it by January 6th - tomorrow. In typical cold government language, it is justified that the tree and nest should be removed as it was "scheduled to be removed for the construction of a road, and within 20 metres of the blade sweep of a proposed turbine".
5 Jan 2013

Report: Turbines hurt bird areas

Gord Miller’s report said no new wind farms should be constructed in the province’s 70 designated Important Bird Areas (IBA). One of those IBAs is located on the south shore of the County. Miller said there are two areas in which the government needs to improve guidelines to enhance protection for both birds and bats.
2 Oct 2012

Short-eared owls disappearing from island

The short-eared owl, listed as a species of special concern in Canada, has all but disappeared from the west end of Wolfe Island. A noted Kingston-area birder says the decline has everything to do with the construction and startup of wind turbines on that part of the island two years ago.
13 May 2011

Wolfe Island wind plant still harming birds in important bird area

Then last month, Stantec Consulting, the firm that produced the original report, released its report on the second half of the year: January 1, 2010 to July 1, 2010. And the results for birds are troubling. Though casualty numbers for birds did not skyrocket in the second sixth month period, a time that included the spring migration, they still were high enough to make the Wolfe Island wind plant the most deadly for birds in Canada.
1 Feb 2011

International group calls for three-year wind farm moratorium

Alarming bird and bat mortality rates at the Wolfe Island wind farm have an international group calling for a three-year moratorium on wind energy projects on the Upper St. Lawrence River and east end of Lake Ontario. Save The River vice-president Stephanie Weiss said the 86-windmill farm has caused the death of 688 birds and bats, equalling eight per windmill.
13 Aug 2010

Release: Save The River Calls for a Halt on Wind Energy Development Due to Environmental Concerns

Save The River is urging local municipalities bordering the Upper St. Lawrence River in the U.S. and Canada to implement a three year moratorium on wind project development. The move was taken after careful review of recent data showing potentially high avian and bat mortality from the first six months of operation of the Wolfe Island Wind project, the only operating wind project in the region.
4 Aug 2010

Windfarm turbines deadly for birds, bats

"Shockingly high" numbers of bird and bat deaths caused by one of Canada's biggest wind farms should serve as a warning to planners of other projects that may be built in crucial wildlife zones, one of the country's key conservation groups says. ..."We should not be putting these farms in places where the risk is going to be high," he said. "It is a disaster that we can see coming." At the very least, turbines should be shut down at certain times of year to reduce bird kills, he added.
10 Jun 2010
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