Wind Power News: Eagles
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California’s history with wind power goes back decades – as do its troubles with turbines killing birds, including federally protected golden eagles. With state officials now planning to ramp up renewable energy, an uneasy tension exists between protecting wildlife, and fighting climate change. Ecologist Shawn Smallwood has found mangled eagles several times in wind farms like those at Altamont Pass, near Livermore. The place has a reputation for turbines killing birds. Alameda County estimates 35 golden eagles were killed there in . . . Complete story »
Sea eagles and wind turbines have a difficult relationship, as experience has shown time and again. The construction of a wind farm can cause birds to leave their territory, and the ones that stay often die a sudden, brutal death. Is it possible for us to help prevent this fundamental conflict and reduce fatalities? New research says yes. Smøla, a large island in Møre og Romsdal, has Norway’s densest population of sea eagles. It also is home to the largest . . . Complete story »
Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists. The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation’s growing wind energy industry, which has been a pillar of President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the pollution blamed for global warming. Wind power releases no air pollution. But at a minimum, . . . Complete story »
STEI opposes licenses to kill Save the Eagles International (STEI) is hereby issuing a biodiversity warning concerning the United States. Contrary to dubious studies financed and controlled by vested interests, the population of golden eagles in the Western States is on the decline. Wind farms are the main cause. The issuing of licenses to kill will accelerate the decline towards extinction. At the large wind farm of Altamont Pass, California, 116 golden eagles (GE) have been reported to be killed . . . Complete story »
Siting guidelines: Industry too influential in drafting, critics say. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released revised wind power siting guidelines, but bird and bat advocates say they still lack the teeth to force developers to consider the long-term effects of turbines on wildlife. Staff at the American Bird Conservancy said the guidelines lead to “‘rubber-stamping’ of wind projects.” “Given the administration’s commitment to scientific integrity, it’s hard to understand why the peer-reviewed work of agency scientists was dismissed in . . . Complete story »