Videos filed under Impact on Wildlife

Bjerkreim Søndre wind facility

The Bjerkreim Søndre cluster in Norway is the result of a 15-year contract by Facebook to acquire the full output of the 294MW facility. The turbines are sited at/around latitude and longitude of 58.437781, 6.089634 which appears to be a highly complex terrain that includes an abundance of rock formations and water areas. The impact on the natural environment of these 70 Siemens SWT-DD-130-4.2 MW turbines each standing around 600-feet tall on the landscape is impossible to fully assess. 
30 Aug 2020

Turtles and Windfarms

A turtle stops a wind farm in Prince Edward County. Eric Gillespie, the lawyer for the field naturalists, discusses the decision by the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal with host Wei Chen. Duration: 6 minutes 13 seconds
6 Jul 2013

Wind turbines take steep toll on birds and bats

Wind power is one of the world's fastest-growing energy industries. But there is mounting evidence that expanding "wind farms" are taking a toll on airborne wildlife. Thousands of birds and bats are killed every year by collisions with the the wind towers and their giant blades. As VOA's Zulima Palacio reports, environmental activists are taking the wind energy industry to court to find a solution. Duration: 3 minutes 12 seconds
1 Dec 2012

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

Bats and wind turbines

Here's a mystery, why would bats known for stealth flying skills, that allows them to sense something as small as a human hair have a problem avoiding huge wind turbines? New research reveals what's happening. Reporter Jo Garrett talks with one of Wisconsin's leading bat experts who is helping to unravel the mystery. Duration: 6 minutes 51 seconds
14 Mar 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

A message from a bat about industrial wind turbines

Recent studies have found that bats are dying the most painful of deaths near industrial wind turbines due to a sudden drop in air pressure in the wake of the spinning blades which have a span wider than that of a 747 aircraft. The sudden drop in air pressure causes a bat's lungs to expand and explode. The bat then drowns. This is the same thing that can happen to scuba divers when they come up too quickly. The National Audubon Society has been marching in lockstep with wind developers and blindly supports industrial scale wind farms. Their position is that whatever wildlife deaths the turbines cause is more than made up for by the reduction of green house gasses. However, reports from the National Academy of Sciences show that because industrial wind turbines cannot function without fossil-fuel burning power plants, and because the wind is unreliable, the reduction of green house gases by wind energy is negligible. Studies in Europe show the same results. So what does the National Audubon Society get for trading wildlife deaths? Please take a moment to write the national office and ask them to rethink their position on wind energy. The bats will thank you. Duration: 1 minute 20 seconds
7 Sep 2008

Wind turbines: Beauty Corruption, a protest song

A Benington protest song in response to plans to build industrial wind turbines in Benington, an area of outstanding beauty. The video was filmed at the planned turbine site. 'Put it on a motorway, where it can be forgiven, or take it off the shore, just don't destroy this land.....' . Words and lyrics by Becky Godlee. Please support the campaign: visit Duration: 6 minutes 25 seconds
4 Sep 2008
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