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"There's not a lot of nesting raptors on Wolfe Island, but (the mortality rate) might be 10% per year," said Batalla. "Locally, one day they might not be there any more." The mortality figures were released Monday by TransAlta, which owns and operates the 86-turbine, 197.8-megawatt facility. A TransAlta environmental services manager was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
Alarming bird and bat mortality rates at the Wolfe Island wind farm have an international group calling for a three-year moratorium on wind energy projects on the Upper St. Lawrence River and east end of Lake Ontario. Save The River vice-president Stephanie Weiss said the 86-windmill farm has caused the death of 688 birds and bats, equalling eight per windmill.
An environmental group is calling for a 3-year moratorium on wind farm development along the upper St. Lawrence River, citing potential threats to the region's bird and bat populations.
Not all renewable energy sources are completely environmentally friendly. For instance, Canada's Wolfe Island Eco-Power Centre2, the country's second largest wind farm, has demonstrated itself to be a killer of birds and bats.
Save The River is urging local municipalities bordering the Upper St. Lawrence River in the U.S. and Canada to implement a three year moratorium on wind project development. The move was taken after careful review of recent data showing potentially high avian and bat mortality from the first six months of operation of the Wolfe Island Wind project, the only operating wind project in the region.
A recent study of bird and bat mortality at Wolfe Island's 82-turbine wind farm is raising concerns among environmentalists. An interview with Ornithologist Bill Evans explains the concerns.
An American bird specialist says no one should be surprised by the number of bats and birds being killed by wind turbines on Wolfe Island. "Environment Canada ranked the site as their highest level of concern for raptors. It's an internationally recognized site for waterfowl," said Bill Evans, an ornithologist with Old Bird Inc. in Ithaca, N.Y. "This was probably not a good place to build and that was said before it was even started."
A conservation organization reviewing the number of birds and bats killed by the wind turbines on Wolfe Island is calling the numbers "extremely high." A consultant's report estimates that 1,270 bats and 602 birds were killed by the island's 86 turbines ..."I really believe there never should have been an industrial-type wind farm built on Wolfe Island," said Ted Cheskey, manager of bird conservation for Nature Canada. The island is situated in what's known as an Important Bird Area, "globally significant," he said.
Dale Seip, a wildlife ecologist with the Ministry of Forests and Range in Prince George, told about 250 people at the conference of the Association of Professional Biologists of B.C., ending today, that the situation jeopardizes the province's caribou recovery efforts. "Wind-power development on the windswept ridges creates a significant risk to these caribou," he said.
The B.C. government is approving independent hydro and wind power projects without knowing their impact on the environment, including species at risk, a meeting of biologists was told Thursday. ...Charlie Palmer, an ecologist with Vancouver-based Hemmera environmental consultants, has worked on development of B.C.'s first and only commercial operating wind farm at Bear Mountain near Dawson Creek. He acknowledged "we don't really know an awful lot" about the impact of wind farms in B.C.
An offshore wind development of 500 to 800 turbines is in the early planning stages for the waters off Long Point according to Dr. Scott Petrie, executive director of Long Point Waterfowl. Another development is planned for the east side of Long Point, off Turkey Point. Among Petrie's many concerns are the growing number of turbines could affect waterfowl.
We were very upset to learn that the SouthPoint Wind company wants to construct 55 wind turbines in Lake Erie in the Lakewood Beach area.
Bats and migrating birds -- some of them species at risk -- face the greatest threat from Grouse Mountain's green-energy wind turbine, according to an environmental report commissioned by the resort. The turbine's threat to dozens of species of birds could be mitigated by reducing artificial illumination ...But there might be no easy fix for bats attracted to the turbine and no way of knowing how severe the threat might be.
The people pushing industrial wind farms won't be too happy once this gets out, but one of their machines killed a bald eagle in Ontario last summer. The official cause of death: "Blunt force trauma," according to Scott Petrie, a PhD waterfowl biologist who says he was "privy to the results" of the autopsy. "They're trying to keep it hush-hush," he says of government biologists.
While the bat will never make nature's cute and cuddly list, it is a vital part of the ecosystem and its population is being threatened on a number of fronts. Large numbers of bats have reportedly been killed and injured by wind turbines, and a disease called "white nose syndrome" threatens to kill bats by the hundreds of thousands.
With the growth of the wind energy industry in Southern Alberta, the development of protocol to protect the province's migratory bat population is now underway. Lisa Wilkinson, a species at risk biologist with Alberta Fish and Wildlife and head of the Alberta Bat Action Team (ABAT), said Alberta was a North American pioneer in establishing pre-construction guidelines for wind farm operators.
With the passage of the Green Energy and Economy Act last May, the Province signalled that it would no longer tolerate grassroots opposition that smacked of NIMBYism. To get green developments (along with the flood of envisioned jobs) moving at top speed, municipalities were stripped of their planning powers on such projects. In this climate of aggressive fast-tracking, there is simply no imperative to create a Canadian equivalent of the AWWI.
A proposal to put 15 wind turbines as close as one kilometre offshore in Lake Erie should require an environmental assessment, Gord Meuser, a spokesman for the group Citizens Against Lake Erie Wind Turbines, said Friday. SouthPoint Wind has completed its environmental screening report but Meuser said the group will be asking that it be bumped up to an environmental assessment with more studies specifically on Lake Erie.
I wish I could write this story as a travel brochure for this gorgeous North American gem, but if the proposed prop-style wind farm is built here, right in the midst of migratory flyways and breeding grounds, there will be no reason to bring your birding glasses. Or your crab traps. ...Despite industry propaganda, bird mortality from such farms is alarmingly high, and worse, due to the placement of the farms, many of the casualties are endangered or protected species like Golden eagles.
Long Point Waterfowl is worried that the McGuinty government is flying blind when it comes to the development of wind power. The waterfowl study group has set aside $300,000 for a two-year probe of wind turbines and their potential impact on waterfowl in the lower Great Lakes. Long Point Waterfowl is undertaking the research to address gaps in its understanding.