Articles filed under Impact on Wildlife from Canada

Report: Turbines hurt bird areas

Gord Miller’s report said no new wind farms should be constructed in the province’s 70 designated Important Bird Areas (IBA). One of those IBAs is located on the south shore of the County. Miller said there are two areas in which the government needs to improve guidelines to enhance protection for both birds and bats.
2 Oct 2012

Bats & blades: More research needed on bat, wind farm fatalities

Laura Ellison is an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Fort Collins, Colorado, who has spent the last 20 years studying bats and other small mammals. Earlier this month she presented on the bat and wind farm issue at the North America Congress for Conservation Biology. "The newer, larger turbines seem to be worse for bats," Ellison said.
30 Jul 2012

Senate backs Runciman's call for wind-farm moratorium

Senator Runciman noted that the region from the eastern tip of Wolfe Island to the western end of Prince Edward County is a crucial route for migratory birds and bats. He is concerned about plans for wind energy projects on Amherst Island west of Kingston and at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County. Both projects are in the final stages of approval by the Ontario government.
30 Nov 2011

Nature Canada supports senate motion for moratorium on wind projects in important bird areas

The motion, announced today by Senator Bob Runciman, calls for "a moratorium on the approval of wind energy projects on islands and onshore areas within three kilometres of the shoreline in the Upper St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario region, from the western tip of Prince Edward County to the eastern edge of Wolfe Island, until the significant threat to congregating, migrating or breeding birds and migrating bats is investigated thoroughly and restrictions imposed to protect internationally recognized important bird areas from such developments."
28 Nov 2011

Turbines damage environment in many ways

Almost all post operational studies of wildlife mortalities from wind turbines in Ontario have been kept secret from the public, allowing government and industry to contend that wind turbines kill very few birds. Until we have public access to independent mortality studies, we will not know the full cumulative impact. The damage to the environment, however, goes well beyond the slice and dice effect of the turbine blades.
22 Oct 2011

Kill rates concern retired engineer

Adjusted figures provided in the most recent report to the island wind farm owners show 2,327 bats killed in 2010. The number of birds killed was estimated at 1,207. Gulden said the bird numbers make the 86-turbine Wolfe Island wind farm the second deadliest in North America.
5 Aug 2011

Concerned about industrial wind turbines?

I know that Manitoulin Island is the largest island in a freshwater lake in the world. First Nations have lived on the island and nearby mainland for more than 10,000 years. This proposed wind factory has caused a lot of division in communities; between various Aboriginal tribes, some who wish the project to proceed and hope to gain financially and those who wish to see the lands and air remain untouched.
27 Apr 2011

Birds versus blades

What happens when a bird or a bat gets involved with a wind turbine? It's not usually a good result for the animal, UNBC instructor Ken Otter told a Cafe Scientifique audience at Cafe Voltaire on Wednesday evening.
14 Apr 2011

Monarch's fate up in the air

The wind farm off Long Point combined with other projects proposed for the American side would form a wall of turbines that would be hazardous not only to butterflies but also bats and birds migrating to and from the Long Point area, Petrie added.
25 Mar 2011
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