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Joining a chorus of critics who don’t want wind turbines used in Greece to power energy, the Hellenic Ornithological Society said plans to add more in the Akarnanian Mountains would jeopardize the country’s most important vulture breeding ground.
Although not federally listed, greater sage grouse are a state endangered species. The imperiled bird poses an obstacle for building solar farms east of the Cascades. Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest budget proposal includes more money for Fish and Wildlife to reconcile solar farms and sage grouse recovery. Fish and Wildlife counted 699 greater sage grouse in the state this year. Douglas County has the only self-sustaining population.
Now, operator Windkraft Grenchen will be permitted to install only four of the six turbines, the Supreme Court ruled, saying efforts to ramp up renewable energy must be balanced with protecting biodiversity and landscapes. ..."Ultimately, the decisive factor is that the two wind turbines located furthest to the east would be only 350 and 700 meters from a peregrine falcon nest," the Supreme Court said in a statement.
“Fifteen years ago, Alameda County and the wind companies settled a lawsuit with the Audubon chapters and committed to reduce bird deaths by 50% by 2009. With the approval of this project, the County is putting the Altamont Pass back on pace to kill as many Golden Eagles as it did 15 years ago,” said Glenn Phillips, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Audubon Society.
Resilient as bald eagles are, they are no match for wind turbine blades, whose spinning tips can reach speeds of up to 200 mph.
In addition, the ridgeline of the Horse Heaven Hills is an important foraging area for raptors, it said. The Horse Heaven ridgeline is among the last remaining functional and uninterrupted shrub-steppe and natural grasslands in Benton County, it said. "Maintaining sufficient foraging area to support successful territories and nesting for ferruginous hawks and other raptors that use thermals and air currents associated with the Horse Heaven Hills seems particularly challenging with current proposed structure orientation," Washington state Fish and Wildlife said in its comments.
Texas Republican decries renewable energy projects, saying, “This is the green stuff that is just out of control and is going to bring the nation down.”
He believes the development would be devastating for migratory bird numbers and wants the development moved away from the entrances to Corner Inlet. "All up, there are about 45 birds that are in some trouble (here)," Mr Collis said. "I don't believe the birds are going to navigate around the wind turbines.
Kayla Fratt began preparing for her summer job in March, when a package of frozen bat carcasses arrived for her in the mail. Well, actually, the bats were for her border collies, Barley and Niffler, and it is really their summer job too. They needed to learn the scent of a dead bat, because they would be spending three months on wind farms, looking for bats killed by spinning turbines.
Wind farms are shrinking golden eagles' habitats as they are afraid of the blades, a study has found. The birds of prey are eight times less likely to fly near turbines when they are rotating compared with when they are switched off, scientists from the ecological company Natural Research Projects have found. It is thought the birds are avoiding areas where turbines are situated because the noise and movement makes them feel threatened. Another theory is that the circling blades remind them of human arms, or they associate them with human activity.
The study, published in Biological Conservation, evaluates potential tradeoffs between climate benefits and energy costs, especially any negative impacts on biodiversity. While the environmental consequences of some renewable energy sources, like hydropower, have been widely studied, the large-scale impacts of other renewables, like solar, aren't well known.
Conservation groups are demanding a plan to build a wind farm in Hokkaido be rescinded after they confirmed red-crowned cranes, a bird species the government designated a special national treasure, are breeding in the area. The Wild Bird Society of Japan and other nature groups said the project, by a subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., should be scrapped to protect the rare birds’ natural habitat.
Offshore wind developers have shared plans to protect and monitor birds, but researchers say they are far from fully understanding how turbines may affect avian species.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has issued an incidental take permit for the existing 189-MW Manzana wind farm in California after accepting a condors conservation plan submitted by the plant owner -- Avangrid Renewables LLC.
A young Bearded Vulture that had been released last year in the Alps and that had wandered to northern Europe has been found dead under a wind turbine in The Netherlands.
‘We had seen it flying in between two turbines the day before and were afraid it might crash into one,’ Pohlmann said. ‘It’s a terrible shame and a big blow to the introduction programme. It was very upsetting to see it lying there.’ The Vulture Conservation Foundation has been involved in the reintroduction of the bearded vulture, or lammergeier, since 1986.
On May 7, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published a proposed rule that would revoke the Trump administration’s decision that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) does not apply to the incidental take of protected migratory birds. If finalized, the proposed rule would represent a return to pre-Trump years, when courts disagreed about the scope of the MBTA, and USFWS exercised broad discretion whether to seek civil or criminal penalties against parties whose activities unintentionally harmed or killed migratory birds.
A Tasmanian bird expert has thrown his weight behind claims Robbins Island is a sanctuary for shorebirds and no place for a wind farm. A group of locals, including independent state election candidate Craig Garland, has long been calling for UPC Renewables’ proposed wind farm on the island in Tasmania’s far NorthWest to be scrapped. ...Dr Woehler said the latest BirdLife Tasmania count had confirmed international significance of tidal wetlands, showing they regularly support more migratory and resident shorebirds than the rest of the state combined.
Ms Villey-Migraine said: “They are on top of a mountain, in a region with protected species including golden eagles. 'One young eagle was killed by a turbine and the death of a cinereous vulture led to an order for the turbines to turn only at night'. "There are also restrictions due to bats. Other turbines on the mountains threaten protected species, but these were the only ones we could challenge in the courts over the building permit.”
The Versailles Court of Appeal has just ordered EDF and its subsidiaries to pay 500 euros to the France Nature Environnement association and reminds that the destruction of protected species is prohibited. The FNE renews its request for the dismantling of the wind turbines in Aumelas (Hérault).