Videos filed under Impact on Birds

Nextera Energy in damage control mode on Eagle Nest removal

Nextera Energy is questioned at a public information meeting in Exeter, Ontario on their recent removal of a bald eagle nest, the tree it was in and the surrounding vegetation, in Haldimand County to make for the company's Summerhaven Wind Project. The eagle nest was near where Nextera was planning to erect 3 of their turbines, and an access road. The project could not 'proceed' with this eagle nest and the tree it was in, in the way. The public was not notified of the Ministry of Natural Resources approval of this eagle nest removal until Friday Jan. 4th, at 5:00pm. Cranes, trucks and bulldozers arrived on the site early Saturday Jan. 5th morning, the nest was 'removed' and taken away, the trees were all cut down, and nothing remains of the eagles nesting area. In this video Nextera spokespersons try to explain away the removal. They are speaking to residents who will live in their proposed Bornish, Goshen, Jericho and Adelaide projects who are not very encouraged by their responses. Duration: 5 minutes 51 seconds
11 Jan 2013

Bird-Smart Wind Petition

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the US leading bird conservation organization, distributed this dramatic footage showing a wind turbine striking a bird-a poignant illustration of the dangers posed to birds by the wind industry. The footage will also appear as part of a wind TV commercial to be run on major networks in an effort to encourage viewers to send a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking that wind power be made bird-smart. Duration: 32 seconds
26 Apr 2011

Nocturnal bird migration near wind turbine

Thermal movie of songbirds migrating in close vicinity to a wind turbine at night (29Sep08). Warblers, sparrows, and thrushes, etc. heading south for the winter. Their short flight calls can be heard. The wind turbine has a height of 125 meters above ground (including blades). Most birds appear to be flying 30-80 meter above ground level. Some appear disoriented and are circling about. This is a dense low-altitude nocturnal flight caused by low cloud ceiling and montane terrain...conditions where wind turbines may be a significant collision hazard to migrating birds. Under clear skies these birds would typically be flying much higher than the wind turbine and collision risk would only be an issue during takeoff and landing. Duration: 4 minutes 2 seconds
30 Apr 2010

They're not green episode 6

The Golden Eagle along with thousand of other birds are killed yearly by wind turbines at Altamont Pass. Dr. Shawn Smallwood, Biologist, has collected data on the bird fatalities at Altamont Pass since 1999. He is convinced that the process of approving Wind Farms in rural communities has become corrupt. Duration: 4 minutes 18 seconds
19 Dec 2009

BNN: Making wind energy green

This Bird News Network (BNN) video by American Bird Conservancy ( the impact to birds from wind turbines and the need to properly site where wind farms are located, and some effective mitigation measures that can be taken to reduce bird mortality. Duration: 4 minutes 32 seconds
1 Jul 2009

Searching for wind turbine bat kills

Following the construction of a wind energy facility, the only way to determine the number of birds and bats killed by the facility is to search the ground beneath the turbines for lifeless carcasses. This video captures the ramblings of a woman hired by Forward Energy to search for dead animals. The turbine facility was erected in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and went online during the first quarter 2008. It's built adjacent to the Horicon Marsh wildlife refuge, the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States, renowned for its migrant flocks of Canada geese. The Horicon it is also home to more than 260 species of birds. Due to its importance to wildlife, the Horicon Marsh has been designated a "Wetland of International Importance" and a "Globally Important Bird Area". Its significance as a wildlife area was not sufficient grounds to delay the wind project for further study. Duration: 8 minutes 55 seconds
2 Mar 2009

The Heartbreak of the Horicon

In the spring of 2008 along Wisconsin's Horicon Marsh, 86 industrial wind turbines went on line. The turbines are just two miles from the marsh, an area considered to be a wetland of global importance. If not for the efforts of concerned citizens, the wind developers would have erected the massive, 40-story tall turbines much closer. Visit to find out how you can help. Visit to learn more about wind turbine siting in Wisconsin. Duration: 1 minute 59 seconds
14 Sep 2008
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