Californian Bird Lovers Wonder If Climate Change Killed or Confused Their Missing Birds. Guest essay by Eric Worrall Perhaps they should consider other possible explanations. Climate Change Threatens Bird Migrations, Habitats In San Diego CountyMonday, April 2, 2018 By Susan Murphy…“I would say that every species in San Diego County could be threatened by climate change, said Phil Unitt, curator of birds and mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum. “Each species is going to be its own really complex story,” Unitt explained, as he walked along a path in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, using his special chirping call to attract nearby birds.Unitt said annual migration patterns are being disrupted by rising temperatures, causing some species to seek new habitats that are wetter and cooler.
“Species like the house wren and the Cassin’s kingbird that aren’t migrating south in the numbers that they did previously,” Unitt said. Read more: Like this: Like Loading... 6 New Papers Unsheathe A Hushed-Up ‘Green’ Reality: Habitats Are Being Destroyed By Wind Turbines. By Kenneth Richard on 15. March 2018 Scientists (Krekel and Zerrahn, 2017 ) report that the installation of wind turbines near human populations “exerts significant negative external effects on residential well-being” and a “significant negative and sizable effect on life satisfaction” due to “unpleasant noise emissions” and “negative impacts on landscape aesthetics”. “We show that the construction of wind turbines close to households exerts significant negative external effects on residential well-being … In fact, beyond unpleasant noise emissions (Bakker et al., 2012; McCunney et al., 2014) and impacts on wildlife (Pearce-Higgins et al., 2012; Schuster et al., 2015), most importantly, wind turbines have been found to have negative impacts on landscape aesthetics (Devine-Wright, 2005; Jobert et al., 2007; Wolsink, 2007). … We show that the construction of a wind turbine within a radius of 4,000 metres has a significant negative and sizeable effect on life satisfaction. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Greens Vs. The Environment. I love raptors and photograph them every day – like this Ferruginous Hawk I saw this morning. And this Kestrel I saw yesterday. It is illegal to shoot Golden Eagles, but if you kill thousands of them in the name of green energy, you are a green hero and get big tax breaks and subsidies from the government. The US Park Service says that there are twenty thousand Golden Eagles in the western US The most recent survey of Golden Eagles across four large Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs) in the West (80 percent of the species’ range in the lower 48 states is in these BCRs) provided an estimate of 20,722 Golden Eagles of all ages across the survey area.www.fws.gov/windenergy/docs/Golden_Eagle_Status_Fact_Sheet.pdf The Altamont Pass wind farm kills one Golden Eagle every three days, which means they have killed more than 10% of the current population.
Dr. Greens want to put these impenetrable death traps up all over the country. GOLDEN EAGLES FACE EXTINCTION IN U.S. Obama admin regulation allows wind turbines to kill up to 4,200 bald eagles per company. The quest for green energy brings with it a bloody downside for America’s national symbol. Bald and golden eagles may be legally killed or injured in the thousands by high-speed turbines (reaching speeds up to 170 miles per hour), under new regulations released Wednesday by the Obama administration. The rules, which affect individual wind-energy companies that plan to operate the technology for up to 30 years, allows up to 4,200 of the birds to perish. Enforcement by federal officials is set to begin in January prior to President Obama’s last day in office.
Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said in a statement that officials were trying to find a happy medium between encouraging green energy and adequately protecting the beloved birds. “No animal says America like the bald eagle,” Mr. The U.S. population of bald eagles stands at roughly 143,000, while the Fish and Wildlife Service puts the number of golden eagles at 40,000. Final wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years — even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.
Under the new rule, wind companies and other power providers will not face a penalty if they kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles, nearly four times the current limit. Deaths of the more rare golden eagles would be allowed without penalty so long as companies minimize losses by taking steps such as retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution. The new rule will conserve eagles while also spurring development of a pollution-free energy source intended to ease global warming, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's energy plan, said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.
Wind power has increased significantly since Obama took office, and wind turbines as tall as 30-story buildings are rising across the country. Windfarms kill 10-20 times more than previously thought | Save the Eagles International. Red kite agonizing under wind turbine, Spain. Courtesy of association of ecologists GURELUR, Navarre. Wind turbines are actually slaughtering millions of birds and bats annually The Obama administration is issuing 30-year permits for “taking” (killing) bald and golden eagles. The great birds will be legally slaughtered “unintentionally” by lethal wind turbines installed in their breeding territories, and in “dispersion areas” where their young congregate (e.g.
Altamont Pass). By chance (if you believe in coincidences), a timely government study claims wind farms will kill “only” 1.4 million birds yearly by 2030. Beheaded Golden Eagle from Altamont Pass- Courtesy of Darryl Miller, California Eagles are not the only victims. Griffon Vultures – courtesy of the association of ecologists GURELUR, Navarre, Spain Save the Eagles International (STEI) has posted photographs of raptors perched on nacelles or nonmoving blades , and ospreys building a nest on a decommissioned turbine. The U.S. Scientists: Expansion Of Wind Turbines ‘Likely To Lead To Extinction’ For Endangered Vulture Species.
Photo from Ferrão da Costa et al., 2017 When pondering the future of wind power and its ecological impacts, it is well worth re-considering this seminal analysis from Dr. Matt Ridley. [W]orld energy demand has been growing at about 2 per cent a year for nearly 40 years. Between 2013 and 2014, […] it grew by just under 2,000 terawatt-hours. If wind turbines were to supply all of that growth but no more, how many would need to be built each year? At a density of, very roughly, 50 acres per megawatt, typical for wind farms, that many turbines would require a land area half the size of the British Isles, including Ireland. If we kept this up for 50 years, we would have covered every square mile of a land area half the size of Russia with wind farms. Bat species can be found dwelling in a wide variety of terrestrial habitats, including deserts and along sea coasts. So what, exactly, are we gaining in exchange for increasingly endangering critically important wildlife species?
Measures To Protect Endangered Birds From Wind Turbines Completely Ineffective! It’s time for wind energy proponents to admit that their well-intended idea of wind energy has in fact had disastrous ecological consequences. No technological development has ever so negatively impacted the environment and landscape like wind turbines have. Not only do they blight the scenic landscape and make people living near them ill, they are a serious killer of avian wildlife, as made evident by a recent German ZDF Terra X documentary shows (starts at 34:15 min). Hat-tip: Alessandra E. Wind turbines in fact do pose serious threat to endangered birds. Image cropped from ZDF Terra X. One of Germany’s most protected bird species is the endangered red kite hawk. Today it faces a threat that is unprecedented: towering wind turbines strewn across the German landscape. To survive, the red kite finds its meals on the ground, and so it’s only natural that its sharp eyes remain focussed downward, and not ahead.
Ignorance, corruption and criminal sabotage. Are wind turbines killing off the whooping crane population? | Watts Up With That? The Whooping Crane (Photo credit: Wikipedia) An attempt to stimulate discussion about whether or not wind turbines could kill off all endangered whooping cranes in only five years, as some environmentalists suggest. Guest post by Caleb Shaw I am having trouble getting to the bottom of a serious issue, (or a serious issue for a bird lover like myself.) It may well be that wind turbines are killing endangered birds, and may lead to the extinction of the California Condor and the Whooping Crane. Because wind turbines involve a great deal of capital, (not merely the big-bucks of fat-cats, but also and especially the political capital surrounding the save-the-world idea of Global Warming,) the bullying of media-warping power politics seems to be involved. You can’t get a straight answer to a simple question. All I want to know is whether or not the population of whooping crane has fallen by over a hundred, since wind turbines were erected in their flyways.
What is the degree of uncertainty? Spanish wind farms kill 6-18 million birds & bats a year – Jan. 2012 | Save the Eagles International. Above picture courtesy of the Colectivo Ornitológico Cigüeña Negra (COCN), Cadiz FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (14 Jan. 2012) – published in various media under various titles.SEO/Birdlife issues warning: Spanish wind farms kill 6 to 18 million birds & bats a year On 12 January 2012, at the First Scientific Congress on Wind Energy and Wildlife Conservation in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, the Spanish Society of Ornithology (SEO/Birdlife) made public its estimate that, yearly, Spain’s 18,000 wind turbines may be killing 6 to 18 million birds and bats (1).
The average per turbine comes down to 333 – 1,000 deaths annually, which is a far cry from the 2 – 4 birds claimed by the American wind industry, or the 400,000 birds a year estimated by the American Bird Conservancy for the whole United States, which has about twice as many turbines as Spain.Bats are included in the Birdlife estimate, comments Mark Duchamp, president of Save the Eagles International (STEI).
19 out of 20 bats hate Wind Turbines. Pierre Gosselin has found a new study showing bats really don’t want to be around wind turbines. The effect is so strong there are 20 times as many bats around normal comparable sites compared to sites with wind turbines. I can’t imagine why bats with sensitive acoustic gear don’t like giant infrasonic blades, spinning at 200km per hour and carving a two acre sweep with every turn. But when a turbine moves into the area, Bat-real-estate values must plummet: The result of the study demonstrates a large effect on bat habitat use at wind turbines sites compared to control sites.
Bat activity was 20 times higher at control sites compared to wind turbine sites, which suggests that habitat loss is an important impact to consider in wind farm planning. What about the insects? Since these are insect-eating bats, the next obvious question is whether mosquitoes are 20 times as common around wind turbines, or whether they hate the turbines too. Has anyone even looked at this? Are wind turbines killing whales? Between January 9 and February 4 this year, 29 sperm whales got stranded and died on English, German and Dutch beaches. Environmentalists and the news media offered multiple explanations – except the most obvious and likely one: offshore wind farms. Indeed, that area has the world’s biggest concentration of offshore wind turbines, and there is ample evidence that their acoustic pollution can interfere with whale communication and navigation.
However, Britain’s Guardian looked for answers everywhere but in the right place. That’s not surprising, as it tends to support wind energy no matter the cost to people or the environment. After consulting with a marine environmental group, the paper concluded: “The North Sea acts as a trap.… It’s virtually impossible for [whales] to find their way out through the narrow English Channel.” No it’s not. The article discards Royal Navy sonar and explosives, because “big naval exercises in UK waters are unusual in midwinter.” The U.S.