Articles filed under Impact on Birds from USA

Wind turbines threaten birds

Any doubt about the numbers of birds can be documented by radar studies of the USFWS under the direction of Jeff Grosse. Hundreds of millions of birds fly over this area and the location of wind turbines in Lake Erie would kill massive numbers of birds.
3 Sep 2015

No, wind farms can't kill eagles

"We must come up with a better system to assess potential risks to birds and bats prior to a project's siting and construction and to track and mitigate project impacts post-construction," says Dr. Michael Hutchins, Director of American Bird Conservancy's (ABC) Bird Smart Wind Energy Program, a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
21 Aug 2015

Bald and golden eagles victorious: Court invalidates 30-year "Eagle Take" rule

The U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, in San Jose has ruled that the Department of the Interior violated federal laws when it created a final regulation allowing wind energy and other companies to obtain 30-year permits to kill protected Bald and Golden Eagles without prosecution by the federal government. The court decision invalidates the rule.
13 Aug 2015

Judge rules for eagles over wind power

Eric Glitzenstein, attorney for the American Bird Conservancy, told Courthouse News that while expansion of renewable energy is "vitally important," there is "a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it." "As this ruling makes clear, the wrong way is for the government to cut legal corners, ignore its own environmental experts, and needlessly jeopardize eagles and other protected species," he said.
13 Aug 2015

Study predicts bird deaths at wind farms

It can be difficult to know exactly how many bird deaths a proposed wind farm may cause while it’s still under review, New said. The only way to know for sure is to build it and observe it, she said. But by then, it’s unlikely that the problem will be fixed. “You’re not going to take it down and move it if you’ve built it in the wrong place,” New said.
3 Aug 2015

Study predicts bird deaths at wind farms

It can be difficult to know exactly how many bird deaths a proposed wind farm may cause while it’s still under review, New said. The only way to know for sure is to build it and observe it, she said. But by then, it’s unlikely that the problem will be fixed. “You’re not going to take it down and move it if you’ve built it in the wrong place,” New said.
3 Aug 2015

Turbine decision creating turmoil

A trio of conservation groups, including Nature Canada, Ontario Nature, and American Bird Conservancy, have joined Mayor Robert Quaiff in lambasting the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) decision to approve the White Pines Prince Edward County Wind Energy Project in an internationally designated Important Bird Area (IBA). ...“These are not just Ontario’s birds.”
23 Jul 2015

Power line work halted after concern raised over protected birds

Abbie Church, conservation director for the conservancy, said she was driving in the area of the grasslands last month when she saw construction crews working and power poles already up. The conservancy had worked to negotiate a restriction on construction activities during the nesting season when it agreed to an easement for the power line project. Nesting generally takes place from April through July.
6 Jul 2015

Another reason to just say “No”

Much of the scenic beauty for which Maine is so widely known will be despoiled. The stated 2,700-Megawatt goal of Maine’s Wind Energy Act would require as many as 1,500 wind turbines, each hundreds of feet tall, with accompanying access roads and new transmission lines, on up to 300 miles of Maine’s hills and mountains. Those transmission lines, to carry the electricity that could be provided by a single, high-quality conventional generator, will add billions of dollars to New England electric bills.
4 Jul 2015

Duke Energy: Looking for Payback

“Duncan’s wholesale attack on birds came out of the blue,” says David Yarnold, Audubon president and CEO. “Based on our sources and the documents we’ve seen, we see this as straight-up corporate payback. Duke has a history of stumbling into controversy, and it appears they’ve done it again.”
26 Jun 2015

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

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=USA&p=10&topic=Impact+on+Birds&type=Article
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