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Displaced Haldimand eagles move into replacement nests  

Wind opponents reply that Nextera may be tooting its own horn prematurely. “Sure they’re proud of what they’ve done,” says Ernie King of Cayuga, chair of Haldimand Wind Concerns. “But when these blades start turning and an eagle gets cut in half, how much of a success story will it be then? Sure they can pat themselves on the back. But that doesn’t change that they took down a nest that a pair of eagles made themselves to make room for three turbines.” Fred Ortt of Jarvis, also a member of Haldimand Wind Concerns, continues to question Nextera’s decision to remove the nest. Ortt says the company had ample room across the road where it could’ve situated the turbines. Ortt and others claim to know of another eagles’ nest that has yet to cross Nextera’s radar screen.

Credit:  By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer | Friday, May 10, 2013 | www.simcoereformer.ca ~~

JARVIS – The wind energy company Nextera suffered a public relations setback last fall when it dismantled a tree containing an eagle’s nest near Fisherville.

With the permission of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Nextera did the deed at dawn on a November morning. The nest was a recent addition to the neighbourhood and was located where three wind turbines were ready to go.

By time the tree was down, a large, angry crowd had gathered. The OPP attended to keep an eye on things. The mating pair that had been displaced also watched from some nearby trees. Over the next 48 hours, outrage spread across Ontario and beyond.

But the story has a happy ending. Nextera pledged to make the situation right and now has claimed to do so. The company took out a half-page ad in Friday’s Simcoe Reformer telling about the five replacement nests it has built along the Haldimand shoreline and the “net benefit” they have provided to the resident eagle population.

One of the nests has been occupied by a breeding pair while a second breeding pair has shown interest in recent weeks in another of the vacant replacements.

“This wasn’t something we at Nextera were happy about,” spokesperson Josie Hernandez said Friday. “But we had to remove the nest to preserve the eagles. We’re very pleased this has been a success. It’s something we’re very proud of.”

Wind opponents reply that Nextera may be tooting its own horn prematurely.

“Sure they’re proud of what they’ve done,” says Ernie King of Cayuga, chair of Haldimand Wind Concerns. “But when these blades start turning and an eagle gets cut in half, how much of a success story will it be then? Sure they can pat themselves on the back. But that doesn’t change that they took down a nest that a pair of eagles made themselves to make room for three turbines.”

Fred Ortt of Jarvis, also a member of Haldimand Wind Concerns, continues to question Nextera’s decision to remove the nest. Ortt says the company had ample room across the road where it could’ve situated the turbines. Ortt and others claim to know of another eagles’ nest that has yet to cross Nextera’s radar screen.

“We’re not going to tell them where it is,” Ortt said. “The MNR will just give them permission to cut that one down too.”

Nextera speculated about the possibility of relocating the nest to another tree. It has decided against that because the nest is too fragile. The company has shown the nest to students in New Credit and plans to donate it to a school that can take care of it.

The partially-built replacement nests went up in January. The goal was to encourage the displaced eagles to begin renovating their new home before the breeding season arrived in the spring. Hernandez says Nextera is reasonably confident that the nesting pair displaced in November has accepted the offer of a replacement.

“They like where we’ve located it – near the water where they hunt,” she said. “And they like being way up high.”

Nextera’s Summerhaven wind project consists of 56 turbines. It covers an irregular area south of Jarvis over to Selkirk, Fisherville and Rainham Centre.

Source:  By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer | Friday, May 10, 2013 | www.simcoereformer.ca

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