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Flying blind: Impact of wind turbines on birds poses more questions than answers

East Bay Regional Park District wildlife manager Doug Bell has spent many a day out on these dusty dirt roads over the past 10 years and says what he's seen is troubling. Once one of the world's most densely populated areas for golden eagles, the Altamont has become a "population sink" for the protected raptors. Eagles fly in, and too often, they don't fly out. ...The nearly 5,000 energy-generating turbines there kill birds, and the wind industry should be better regulated. 
6 Jun 2015

To save birds, change rules on wind turbines

A new report last month from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls into question the wind industry’s assertion that birds fly well above wind turbines’ rotor blades. Using radar, researchers examined fall migration at two locations in Michigan. They found that the greatest density of birds and bats migrating at night occurred from 300 to 500 feet above ground. That’s almost directly at hub height for the new generation of giant turbines.
5 Jun 2015

New wine in an old bottle? Inside the Feds' MBTA incidental take proposal

Authorization for incidental bird mortality might prove more valuable than a vague allusion to prosecutorial discretion for project financing and other purposes, but individual permits for eagle take have proved slow and cumbersome. MBTA permitting could apply much more broadly, making it imperative to avoid a repeat of the eagle permitting experience.
26 May 2015

30,000 wind turbines located in critical bird habitats

An analysis by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) shows that more than 30,000 turbines overlap with federally protected bird habitat, including 24,000 in the migratory corridor of the whooping crane and 3,000 in breeding grounds of the endangered Greater Sage-Grouse. More than 50,000 additional turbines are planned for construction, the group said.
22 May 2015

Colorado governor orders protections for sage grouse

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has issued an executive order to protect the state’s greater sage grouse population in a move meant to avoid potential federal regulations that could come with an endangered status for the bird. ...The sage grouse saga has played out both in Western states like Colorado, where officials are trying to avoid an endangered species listing, and in Congress, where Republican lawmakers have also worked to keep the bird off the list. 
15 May 2015

Vulnerable grassland birds abandon mating sites near wind turbines

Shifting to renewable energy sources has been widely touted as one of the best ways to fight climate change, but  renewable energy can have a downside, as in the case of wind turbines' effects on bird populations. In a new paper, a group of researchers demonstrate the impact that one wind energy development in Kansas has had on Greater Prairie-Chickens breeding in the area - Central Ornithology Publication Office reported.
6 May 2015

Anger as wind farm inquiry hit by delay

An independent Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government postponed a hearing on how the development would impact on birdlife until June because of a procedural matter. RSPB Scotland, which has objected to the 39-turbine development at Strathy South in the Flow Country of Sutherland, accused Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) of causing the delay by changing paperwork.
21 Apr 2015

Birds vs. blades: Wind power’s threat to the Sage Grouse

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is mulling whether to list the greater sage grouse as endangered this September. Impacts from wind energy development may play a role in that decision. ...Rutledge believes humanity needs to transition to clean power sources to combat climate change. But, he would vote for oil and gas development on sage grouse habitat over wind energy, if he had a choice.
19 Apr 2015

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