Wind Power News: Wildlife
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North on U.S. 270 to Woodward, Oklahoma, wind turbines own the horizon. They hover above rusting barns, cattle-guards and the barbed-wire fences that protect private land. When standing below, you feel the massive blades swoosh like flyswatters cutting through the air. As the wind picks up, the blades spin faster and the machines emit a soft mechanical whine: the sound of power generated by nature. The town, home to 12,000 people, lies in the northwest corner of the state. The . . .
A new study has revealed which bird and bat species are most at risk of collision with wind turbines, with birds of prey and migratory birds coming top of the list. This research is the first to take a global view of the problem, and pinpoints some possible solutions to allow birds, bats and wind turbines to share the skies with less conflict. In this uncertain age of climate change, countries across the world are on the search for greener . . .
Figures show seven endangered wedge-tailed eagles have been killed by electricity infrastructure in the first four months of this financial year. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment statistics show two eagles were killed at the Musselroe Bay wind farm in North East Tasmania. TasNetworks annual report for 2016-17 revealed 15 birds, including 12 wedge-tailed eagles, a white-bellied sea eagle, a grey goshawk and a masked owl were killed. Australasian Raptor Association spokesman Nick Mooney said the figures . . .
Seven wedge-tailed eagles have been killed by Tasmanian electricity infrastructure in just four months this financial year, new figures show. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment statistics show some dead eagles were at the Musselroe Bay wind farm in the Northeast. TasNetworks annual report for 2016-17 revealed 15 birds including 12 wedge-tailed eagles, a white-belly sea eagle, a grey goshawk and a masked owl were killed. Australasian Raptor Association spokesman Nick Mooney said the figures would be . . .
NOAA called a “declared unusual mortality rate” for whales beginning in April 2016 for an area stretching from North Carolina to Maine, which is still ongoing. Some people in New England are claiming that the existence of the five turbines comprising the Block Island Wind Farm are contributing to the unusual mortality rate, while NOAA said it has not yet found any link between the deaths of the whales and the unusual mortality rate.
[Wind energy facilities accused of destroying raptors – A royal eagle was killed in early August after a collision with a wind turbine blade in Joncels, Herault. The bird, equipped with a GPS, was of a species protected since 1976, as are all raptors in France.] Un aigle royal a trouvé la mort début août après une collision avec une pale d’éolienne à Joncels, dans l’Hérault. L’oiseau, équipé d’un GPS, fait partie d’une espèce protégée depuis 1976, comme le sont toutes . . .
A federal agency charged with protecting rare birds has again recommended that offshore wind turbines be allowed to remain spinning during migration periods, after an appeals court ordered a review for the stalled Cape Wind project. A “feathering” measure – basically, stopping the turbines – to protect piping plovers and roseate terns during their migration will not be included in the project’s incidental take statement, Paul Phifer, assistant regional director for ecological services for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wrote in . . .
On the afternoon of July 17, a large buff-and-white ostrich-like bird crashed into a 33 KV transmission line connected to wind turbines in Naliya, on the edge of the Lala Bustard Sanctuary in Kutch, Gujarat. This was no ordinary birdkill. The young female bird’s death was nothing short of an ecological catastrophe: it meant one less individual of a critically endangered species – the Great Indian Bustard – of which an estimated 150 remain worldwide today. This particular bird was satellite-tagged. Information . . .
New Delhi: The government’s expert forest panel has given its approval to a 40 megawatt (MW) wind power project in Andhra Pradesh—on the basis of a single contested study on migratory birds—saying an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is unnecessary for wind power projects which produce renewable energy. Its recommendation comes despite the wildlife division of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) advocating the need for an EIA. This is not the first time that environment ministry’s forest . . .
Two studies Apex Clean Energy is planning to provide to help assess how its Galloo Island Wind project could affect bats are inadequate for determining the potential impacts, argues avian advocate Clifford P. Schneider. Mr. Schneider, a former biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said Wednesday in a letter to the state Public Service Commission that the 2008 bat study that the developer plans to include in its project application for the state Article 10 law review process . . .