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Wind Power News: Wildlife


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 »

February 4, 2022 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Call for warning systems after third sea eagle killed by wind turbine

Another sea eagle which had been fitted with a GPS tracking device as part of a monitoring programme has died after being hit by the blade of a wind turbine in Flevoland, nature journal Nature Today reports. The bird was one of fifteen young sea eagles born in the Netherlands and fitted with trackers in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Two other sea eagles have also died as a result of a collision with a wind turbine, and one was hit . . . Complete story »

February 4, 2022 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Opnieuw in Nederland gezenderde Zeearend omgekomen door windturbine

[Another white-tailed eagle killed by wind turbine] Nadat vorig jaar een jonge in Nederland gezenderde Zeearend stierf door een aanvaring met de rotoren van een Duitse windturbine was het deze week opnieuw raak. Op 31 januari verongelukte een in 2020 als nestjong gezenderde Zeearend uit Biddinghuizen door een aanvaring met een Nederlandse turbine in Flevoland. De zender die de vogel al die tijd droeg documenteerde het verhaal nauwkeurig. In de vroege ochtend van 31 januari 2022 vloog de Zeearend vanaf . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2022 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Outdoors: Birds remain in the crosshairs as wind energy debate continues

BOWLING GREEN – When a wind turbine struck and killed a bald eagle at the city’s wind generation facility located west of town two years ago, there were eye-witnesses, the body was quickly recovered, and the cause of death was glaringly obvious. It took the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service another year of investigation to tell us what we already knew – one of the wind turbine’s blades had smacked the eagle, severing its wing, and the impact resulted in the bird’s . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2022 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines pose severe threat to migrating bats

After undergoing sleek upgrades over the past two decades, the iconic wind turbines at Altamont Pass are killing a lot fewer birds. But they’re still claiming the lives of another important creature of the sky: bats. As wind farms become an increasingly important source of clean energy, there are growing concerns among scientists about what all the new spinning blades will mean for bats  – particularly the hoary bat, the most widespread migratory bat species in North America. The controversy . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2021 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines kill mostly female and juvenile bats

Many bats die at wind turbines when colliding with the spinning blades. Currently it is unclear whether all age cohorts or sexes are equally vulnerable. A comparison of age, sex and geographic origin of Nathusius’ pipistrelles killed at wind turbines and living conspecifics from nearby populations now reveals that juveniles are killed more frequently than adults compared to their proportion in local populations. Females are killed more frequently than males—yet in line with their higher proportion in local populations. The . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power lawsuit cites eagle killings in Altamont

Alameda County – The National Audubon Society and several local Audubon branches have filed a suit against Alameda County to block development of a new 80-megawatt wind turbine project in the Altamont Pass area. The lawsuit alleges that in giving approval to the project, known as Mulqueeny Ranch, the county has not carried out needed environmental reviews or worked to ensure adequate protection for birds and bats. According to the Audubon Society, the Altamont Pass area is home to the densest . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Permission for west Donegal wind farm refused over concerns about impact on wildlife

Donegal County Council has refused planning permission for an eight-turbine wind farm near Glenties citing concerns about the potential impact on rare birdlife and conservation areas. Cuilfeach Teoranta applied in October to build eight turbines in the townlands of Graffy, Meenamanragh and Dalraghan More near Glenties. The application attracted dozens of objections which raised concerns about the potential impact of the wind farm on the landscape and wildlife. In rejecting the application, Donegal County Council said was not in a . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2021 • SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Swiss wind park ordered to scale back to protect birds

A new wind park in Switzerland must scale back its plans to deliver renewable energy in order to protect vulnerable bird species, the country’s supreme court ruled on Wednesday. Plans for the new wind park, in the Grenchenberg region in the Jura mountains, had sparked opposition from ornithologists and conservationists, who argued it would interfere with local populations of woodlarks and peregrine falcons, deemed vulnerable in Switzerland. The wind park had aimed to deliver 16 megawatts of energy by 2023 . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

The National Audubon Society sues Bay Area county over new wind turbine project: ‘A population sink’

The National Audubon Society is suing Alameda County over its recent approval of a controversial new wind turbine facility at Altamont Pass. It’s been described as a “poorly planned project” that’s a threat to birds and bats in the area due to its lack of sufficient environmental review, according to a press release shared by the organization Wednesday. Commissioned in 1981, The Altamont Pass wind farm was one of the first of its kind in the country and is also . . . Complete story »

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