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Wind Power News: Birds


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

February 21, 2022 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Windmills a threat to birds, animals in Ch’durga, Gadag

Hubballi: A scientific report, published on www.nature.com on January 25, has revealed that the fatality rate of birds is increasing in Chitradurga and Gadag districts where a large number of windmills are installed. Wind turbines, an alternative and clean-energy source, have become a threat to birds as they collide with the turbine blades in some regions . Bird richness is found more in the control sites (CS) than in wind turbine sites (WS). The fatalities are due to the collision . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2020 • CyprusPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarms and birds a deadly mix

A new Norwegian study has concluded that if just one of the [three] white blades of a wind turbine is painted black, it would cut bird deaths by 72 per cent. Colouring the blades makes it easier for the birds to spot and avoid flying into them. Which [raises] the question of what the Cyprus government is doing to prevent the killing of birds and bats by turbine blades, given the largest wind farm, Orites, alone has 41 turbines. Orites . . . Complete story »

August 26, 2020 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Black turbine blade ‘can cut bird deaths’

Painting one blade of a wind turbine black could cut bird strikes at wind farms by up to 70%, a study suggests. Birds colliding with the structures has long been considered to be one of the main negative impacts of onshore wind farms, the authors observed. The RSPB welcomed the research but said the priority remained avoiding placing wind farms where there was a risk to wildlife, such as birds. The findings have been published in the Ecology and Evolution . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Bird deaths from wind turbine’s drop by 72% when one blade is black

Painting one blade of a wind turbine makes it easier for birds to avoid a deadly encounter. A study found that painting one of the [three] white blades on a wind turbine black reduces the amount of dead birds by 72 per cent. Scientists from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research conducted a trial on the remote island of Smøla comparing how many birds were killed by four painted turbines compared to their untouched neighbors. Scientists regularly scoured the bottom . . . Complete story »

September 20, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Gulls ‘vulnerable to collisions’ with wind turbines, says new study

Research involving a colony of gulls on the Suffolk coast has shown the birds could be vulnerable to collisions with wind turbines while on migration, as well as during the breeding season. The study conducted by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), which is based in Thetford, saw solar‐powered global positioning system (GPS) tags attached to adult lesser black-backed gulls at three breeding sites designated as Special Protection Areas. They were Orford Ness, off the Suffolk Coast where 25 gulls . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2019 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Rare birds killed by wind turbines in Evros, Greece

The National Forest and Park Management Authority of Dadia, Lefkimi, and Soufli announced on Wednesday that two rare raptors were found killed recently next to wind turbines in south Evros, in northeastern Greece. On August 19, a lesser spotted eagle was found dead by a resident of Ferres in Evros, at the wind turbine park of Melia. Just two days later, the body of a rare cinereous vulture was spotted next to another wind turbine located near the village of . . . Complete story »

May 28, 2019 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines posing threat to birds: study

Although wind is a green source of renewable energy, a new study has revealed that wind turbines are posing a threat to lives of birds in their vicinity. Birds colliding with turbine blades are dying. Researchers were invited by two windfarm owners – one in Samakhiali in Kutch, Gujarat and the other in Harapanahalli, Davangere, Karnataka – to investigate bird mortalities in their farms. The study found 47 carcasses of birds belonging to 11 species in Samakhiali, among which were threatened species. . . . Complete story »

May 27, 2019 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms downing avian visitors

Two wind farms in Karnataka and Gujarat are providing fresh evidence over how green energy sources are turning out to be deadly for migratory birds. With an installed capacity of more than 32,000 MW, India is the world’s fourth largest producer of wind energy, planning to generate 60 GW by 2022. But the massive scaled up target may be counter-productive to the birds, particularly the migratory ones and raptors, suggests a new study. The new evidence comes from two commercial wind . . . Complete story »

April 12, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California discusses protecting migratory birds after rollback of federal protections

Melissa Cortez-Roth with the California Wind Energy Association recently spoke out against the bill. “Our industry has not historically been prosecuted under the act, we believe that changes under this bill,” she said. “We are already subject to a number of best practice guidelines.” Complete story »

December 11, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks incidental take permit

KAILUA-KONA – The operator of Lalamilo Wind Farm has applied for a federal permit that would allow for the incidental taking of two endangered Hawaiian species during the project’s operation. Lalamilo Wind Co. is applying for an incidental take permit (ITP) that would authorize take of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) and the endangered Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis) as a result of the operation of the Wind Farm Repowering Project in Waimea. The permit, which also includes a . . . Complete story »

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