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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Conservation groups are demanding a plan to build a wind farm in Hokkaido be rescinded after they confirmed red-crowned cranes, a bird species the government designated a special national treasure, are breeding in the area.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).
However, the wind power industry has voiced concern that the judgment could scupper plans to relax protections in order to ramp up wind farm construction. Wolfram Axthelm of German wind power association BWE told business daily Handelsblatt that the judgment would not help his sector. “Individual species protection in every planning application represents a massive hurdle,” he said.
"The judgment does not help us as an industry," said Wolfram Axthelm managing director of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) to the Handelsblatt. The challenge remains of balancing the protection of the individual birds and the protection of the population. The ball is now with the legislature in Germany. "The Environment Ministers' Conference has taken up the topic and must now come to results as quickly as possible," said Axthelm.
There are many threats to birds … and they are all significant.
ROSAMOND, CA - After a decades-long effort to rescue the California condor from the brink of extinction, government officials say the critically endangered vultures are now at risk of being killed by spinning turbine blades.
Benissa councillor, Mari Carme Ronda, claims the 82-metre blades would be a threat to species of birds such as the Golden Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon and the Osprey. After discovering the plan on Wednesday, she said the windmills (each as high as a 30-storey building) would have ‘a beastly environmental and landscape impact.’
The verdict of the highest Hessian administrative court represents a setback for the Green Ministers Tarek Al-Wazir (economy) and Priska Hinz (environment), who urged the faster expansion of wind energy. They tried to lower the species protections in order to allow for the expansion of wind power under a decree that came into force two weeks ago.
The generation of energy has priority over species protection, according to an administrative regulation that Economy Minister Tarek Al-Wazir and Environment Minister Priska Hinz jointly launched at the beginning of the year. The Hessian Administrative Court has now soberly ruled that the decree has "no binding effect on the courts".
In South Africa, recent research found that 36% of birds killed by wind turbines were birds of prey. These birds have long lifespans and produce relatively few young each year, which means that even a small increase in deaths can cause their populations to decline. This wind-wildlife conflict has been termed a green-green dilemma: more clean energy and healthy bird populations are both desirable environmental goals, yet with detrimental counter effects.