Articles filed under Impact on Birds from USA

Outdoors: Birds remain in the crosshairs as wind energy debate continues

Wind turbines and their propensity for taking down birds, bats, and bald eagles remain one of the primary sticking points in the lengthy debate and legal arm twisting over the proposed placement of six turbines nearly 500 feet tall in Lake Erie as the first phase of the Icebreaker Wind project. Avian biologists and bird conservation groups don't want the fatality that occurred at the Bowling Green Landfill to be repeated hundreds or thousands of times out over the open water of the lake. There are also serious environmental concerns over what the construction work related to this project might do to the overall lake ecosystem.
22 Jan 2022

WDFW warns solar farm could be lights out for state's main sage grouse population

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.
20 Dec 2021

National Audubon Society sues California County to improve bird protections in controversial wind energy project

“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.
17 Nov 2021

Washington puts hawk on endangered list; Wind turbines partly to blame

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.
29 Aug 2021

Humans are terrible at finding bats and birds killed by wind turbines. Dogs are great at it.

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.
23 Jul 2021

Biden administration quick to dismantle Trump’s interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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.
20 May 2021
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