Videos filed under Impact on Wildlife
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.
The fur farmer, Kaj Bank Olesen, explains at a November 25, 2015 public meeting in Isenvad, Denmark, how an operating wind plant near his farm has caused devestating harm and destruction to his mink population. English subtitles by vind-alarm-danmark.eu. Video by Lars Fogh Iversen.
Jane Wilson of Wind Concerns Ontario discusses the Ontario government's push to remove environmental protections to erect wind turbines. Click the image below to view the video.
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
Is the President excusing a federal crime? Robert Bryce address this issue with Fox News. Duration: 3 minutes
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
The Ontario government should put additional areas of the province off-limits to wind power projects to safeguard birds, bats and their habitats. For more information or to download a map, visit www.eco.on.ca. Duration: 4 minutes 16 seconds
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
University of Calgary researchers provide answers to the mysterious deaths of bats and wind turbine facilities in souther Alberta, Canada. Duration: 3 minutes 42 seconds
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
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
Politicians ignore the voices of their constituents regarding windmills. The wind turbines kill birds and bats. The Leaf-Nosed Bat once abundant in Southern California, has disappeared from the desert by San Jacinto Mountains. Duration: 5 minutes 15 seconds
This clip shows a vulture flying too close to a wind turbine in Lendas, South Crete where it collides with one of the blades and tumbles to the ground. Duration: 5 minutes 54 seconds
This Bird News Network (BNN) video by American Bird Conservancy (http://www.abcbirds.org)discusses 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
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
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 hmsadvocates.org to find out how you can help. Visit betterplan.squarespace.com to learn more about wind turbine siting in Wisconsin. Duration: 1 minute 59 seconds
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
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 www.stopbeningtonwindfarm.co.uk Duration: 6 minutes 25 seconds
Interviewee: Erin Baerwald, University of Calgary Produced by Joyce Gramza - Edited by James Eagan Copyright © ScienCentral, Inc., with additional footage courtesy of the University of Calgary, and Brown University.
This video addresses just some of the possible impacts should the Ostrander Point wind energy proposal be permitted in Ontario, Canada.