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Report on wildlife kills at Cedar Point project expected in March

The 46-turbine Cedar Point wind power project in Lambton County killed more birds of prey during seven months of this year than allowed by its provincial approval. The wind project is owned by Suncor and NextEra in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores, and Warwick Township, and began operating in 2015. ... Stephen Hazeil, Nature Canada's director of conservation and general counsel: “I guess the industry feels they've got the wind in their sails and they don't need to worry about what a few bird lovers want."
16 Dec 2016

Study calls for 16-km turbine setback

In the wake of the release of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service migratory bird study, the American Bird Conservancy is calling for an 16-kilometre buffer around the Great Lakes for wind farms. “It is highly problematic to build anywhere near the Great Lakes,” Michael Hutchins, director of the American Bird Conservancy’s bird-smart wind energy program, said Monday. “These losses are just not sustainable.”
16 Aug 2016

Tribunal agrees approved Pontypool wind project would destroy plant and animal life

Settlerslanding-wind-ert15037o3_thumb The Tribunal found “that the planned Settlers Landing wind project in Pontypool will cause serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment.”...Coun. Stauble said the windcompany "...must adhere to a 550 metre setback, and to do so means they would have to put those turbines in the woodlands. Which they are now not allowed to do.”
20 Nov 2015

Naturalist opposes wind turbine system in bird sanctuary

"There are hundreds of thousands of birds who will pass north of that lake every year, and they will go directly through this gauntlet of 77 wind turbines," Herriot said. He noted that four per cent of the global population of piping plovers nest there. Other well-known shorebirds, like the sanderling, pass through the area at counts of 50,000 or 60,000 each spring, he said.
29 Jul 2015

Wind turbine project raises concerns over bird safety

"Why put them there? Why not go to a place where there is not an internationally significant, globally important nesting and migrating area for shorebirds?" Although Herriot is in favour of more wind turbines in Saskatchewan, he is concerned for the birds' safety. "Yes, we've got to deal with climate change and our carbon footprint, but we can't do it at the expense of wildlife," he said.
29 Jul 2015

Turbine decision creating turmoil

A trio of conservation groups, including Nature Canada, Ontario Nature, and American Bird Conservancy, have joined Mayor Robert Quaiff in lambasting the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) decision to approve the White Pines Prince Edward County Wind Energy Project in an internationally designated Important Bird Area (IBA). ...“These are not just Ontario’s birds.”
23 Jul 2015

Turbine decision creating turmoil

A trio of conservation groups, including Nature Canada, Ontario Nature, and American Bird Conservancy, have joined Mayor Robert Quaiff in lambasting the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) decision to approve the White Pines Prince Edward County Wind Energy Project in an internationally designated Important Bird Area (IBA). ...“These are not just Ontario’s birds.”
23 Jul 2015

Where eagles fly

From the information in the Species at Risk report and on the MNR website, it appears that most, if not all, of the eastern North American population of golden eagles will pass through a killing zone of wind turbines, if these are permitted to be constructed on the south shore of PEC.
4 Jul 2014

Ducks fall victim to power lines

Carcasses, dismembered wings and skeletal remains of numerous ducks lying beneath a 240 kilovolt power line were reported in early January to AltaLink, the electrical system provider, by area resident and environmentalist David McIntyre.
24 Jan 2014

Dozens of dismembered ducks believed to have been killed by transmission lines near Pincher Creek

“It appears obvious that the line’s placement, directly between a key waterfowl staging area and adjacent grain fields, couldn’t have been planned more effectively if killing waterfowl had been its primary objective,” said McIntyre, a well-known environmentalist in the area. “The biggest thing to me in all of this, is how in the world was such an obvious threat allowed to take place?”
9 Jan 2014

Emu farm closing due to wind farm

“First with the installation of the test towers and the high-pitch sounds emitting from them, we lost 26 of our 38 emus with no eggs laid,” the Van Tassels wrote in an email. “During the time the turbines were erected and the test towers were still in place, we lost five more emus.”
19 Nov 2013

Real impact of wind turbines

By using mathematical formulas derived from these studies, the average distance of a large bird carcass found under the 2.3 MW turbines at Wolf Island would be 101 meters from their towers. This average is far outside the search areas used. The Wolf Island mortality studies used search areas of only 60 and 50 meters. These studies clearly missed most of the carcasses. It also does not account for wandering cripples and wind personal interference.
22 Jan 2013

In birds versus blades, blades always win

It was inevitable of course, when you pit feather and bone against a turbine blade 45-metres long, the blade wins. And if the blade belongs to big energy the deal is cinched. It doesn't take a master's in quantum physics to predict the grim result of anchoring a mega-fan in the path of migrating birds.
18 Jan 2013

Nextera Energy in damage control mode on Eagle Nest removal

Nextera Energy is questioned at a public information meeting in Exeter, Ontario on their recent removal of a bald eagle nest, the tree it was in and the surrounding vegetation, in Haldimand County to make for the company's Summerhaven Wind Project. The eagle nest was near where Nextera was planning to erect 3 of their turbines, and an access road. The project could not 'proceed' with this eagle nest and the tree it was in, in the way. The public was not notified of the Ministry of Natural Resources approval of this eagle nest removal until Friday Jan. 4th, at 5:00pm. Cranes, trucks and bulldozers arrived on the site early Saturday Jan. 5th morning, the nest was 'removed' and taken away, the trees were all cut down, and nothing remains of the eagles nesting area. In this video Nextera spokespersons try to explain away the removal. They are speaking to residents who will live in their proposed Bornish, Goshen, Jericho and Adelaide projects who are not very encouraged by their responses. Duration: 5 minutes 51 seconds
11 Jan 2013

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