Articles filed under Impact on Birds from USA

Critics of wind power blame feds for killing, ‘chopping up’ eagles, other birds

“Eagles along with other birds are being chopped out of the air and suffer horrible injuries and death by the blades of high-speed wind turbines,” wrote Patricia Lewko. “This practice has been given a green light by this administration in the name the name of Clean or Green Energy … What is so clean about chopping up birds to either lie in agony or be mutilated?”
21 Jul 2014

Bald eagles thrive while goldens face rising threats around West

Meanwhile, whirling turbine blades and electrical lines running to oil and gas facilities and wind farms have been linked to golden eagle deaths. Nobody has a good handle on how many eagles and other raptors are caught in blades or electrocuted; scientists have calculated in peer-reviewed articles that turbines kill at least 60 to 65 golden eagles a year nationwide.
6 Jul 2014

Bald eagles thrive while goldens face rising threats around West

Meanwhile, whirling turbine blades and electrical lines running to oil and gas facilities and wind farms have been linked to golden eagle deaths. Nobody has a good handle on how many eagles and other raptors are caught in blades or electrocuted; scientists have calculated in peer-reviewed articles that turbines kill at least 60 to 65 golden eagles a year nationwide.
6 Jul 2014

Eagles killed by Palm Springs windmills raise concerns

The permitting system relies on wind energy companies and other parties to be forthcoming about how many dead birds they find on their property. Critics say that system effectively can encourage companies to infrequently monitor and look the other way. "My question is why should anybody tell the government that they're killing federally protected birds?" Hutchins said in a telephone interview from Washington.
3 Jul 2014

Eagles killed by Palm Springs windmills raise concerns

The permitting system relies on wind energy companies and other parties to be forthcoming about how many dead birds they find on their property. Critics say that system effectively can encourage companies to infrequently monitor and look the other way. "My question is why should anybody tell the government that they're killing federally protected birds?" Hutchins said in a telephone interview from Washington.
3 Jul 2014

Wildlife officials want to talk about eagle permits

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will engage in public comment as it works to revise a rule governing how permits are issued for wind turbine develop. The service released an evaluation of its new eagle management objectives to the Federal Register pertaining to the building and permitting of wind turbine farms.
28 Jun 2014

Bird lovers, like Navy, concerned about wind turbines; Number killed by whirling blades ‘not trivial,’ conservationist says

“If you lose even just a small part of the whole food chain and ecosystem, there’s a domino effect,” said Mike Callahan, an environmental educator in Charles County and past president of the Southern Maryland Audubon Society, explaining that birds help control the insect population, may help pollinate plants and are part of the food chain themselves. Bald eagles are part of the American landscape, Callahan said. When countries lose part of their “natural heritage,” he said, they lose part of their pride. The federal government has yet to sign an agreement, required to move forward, saying that company and Navy operations can coexist.
13 Jun 2014

Wind farm company halts SPI project

South Padre Island City Manager William DiLibero said the company’s decision to withdraw from the wind farm project was based on concerns over threats to migratory birds. “If there’s a threat to migratory birds we’re pleased to see the (company) is pulling its application,” DiLibero said.
3 Jun 2014

Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to subsidize bird-killing wind turbines

Taxpayers may not be aware that they have funded for several years — through the federal government’s Production Tax Credit (PTC) — a public subsidy that can create a perverse incentive to put wind turbines in areas that produce little electricity but would have a devastating impact on migratory birds. ...wind power cannot be considered “green” if it is unnecessarily killing large numbers of birds and bats.
13 May 2014

Gambling with Eagles

The Obama administration is gambling “recklessly” with America’s bald and golden eagles. That’s the claim of the American Bird Conservancy, which on Thursday announced its intent to sue the Interior Department and the Fish and Wildlife Service over the agencies’ plan to grant wind-energy companies permits to kill eagles for up to 30 years.
6 May 2014

Hawaii windmills take a toll on endangered animals

Most concerning is the number of endangered birds and bats killed by wind turbines over a period of six years and seven months. According to statistics examined by KITV4, 25 Hawaiian hoary bats, 20 nene and four Hawaiian petrels have fallen victim to wind turbines. For a complete list of birds and animals killed by wind turbines in Hawaii, click here .
5 May 2014

Opponents hope to stop MN wind farm on wings of eagles

“The fact is that thousands of birds use the specific area where turbines are proposed as a migratory stopover before they move into either the Mississippi River flyway or the Atlantic flyway,” said Barb Wenninger, a Cornish Township resident and longtime opponent of the project. “…I  think it is important to have accurate information on avian use before we are faced with the law of unintended consequences.
2 May 2014

American Bird Conservancy to take legal action over FWS 30-year eagle kill rule

American Bird Conservancy (ABC)—has announced its intention to sue the Department of the Interior (DOI), charging DOI with multiple violations of federal law in connection with its December 9, 2013, final regulation that allows wind energy companies and others to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution by the federal government.
30 Apr 2014

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