We cannot be sure how this snowy owl sustained its devastating injuries, but a likely culprit might be gleaned from the proximity of the field in which it was found to a major highway roaring with traffic, and a nearby wind farm bristling with turbines.
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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."
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.”
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.”
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.”
The Buddhist Association of Canada’s Cham Shan Temple maintains wind turbines will have a negative impact on the four Temples they are planning to build.
“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.”