Here is an real video of a bird collision with a wind turbine. The video is not edited and is graphic, so please be advised.
A new report has highlighted the number of illegal poisoning and persecution incidents of birds of prey in Northern Ireland.
The report, by the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime Northern Ireland (PAWNI), found that there were 30 illegal poisoning or persecution incidents, affecting 33 protected birds of prey.
The most frequent casualty was the buzzard, with 19 birds killed, followed by the recently re-introduced red kite (7) and then peregrine falcon (4 birds).
Other species that were recorded included a white-tailed eagle, a golden eagle, sparrowhawk and a merlin.
There were a further 10 confirmed incidents of illegal poisoning of other wildlife or poisoned baits in circumstances where birds of prey were potential victims.
Migratory bats, for some reason, have a lethal attraction to wind turbines. Now, they may get help via “feathering.”
New industry guidelines, to be announced Thursday, aim to save tens of thousands of bats each year by idling turbines at low wind speeds during peak bat migration season. They could reduce by a third the number of bats killed at wind farms.
Seventeen members of the American Wind Energy Association, a trade group, have agreed voluntarily to begin idling, or feathering, turbines in the next year or two. Together, the companies produce nearly 90 percent of the wind power generated in the United States.
“It’s a big deal. That’s a big move on their part,” says U.S. Geological Survey bat biologist Paul Cryan. “It’s really encouraging to hear the industry is taking steps to curtail turbines, which is the best way we know of to reduce bat fatalities.”
A new study found that 90 percent of existing seabirds have ingested plastic from waste that has wound up in the ocean.
The majority of seabirds like albatrosses and penguins have eaten plastic of some kind, possibly from trash that has been washed out into the ocean, according to a press release.
A new study discovered that 90 percent of existing seabirds today have ingested plastic, mistaking it for food, and many of them have plastic remaining in their gut. The study used information from literature published from 1962 to 2012 and employed a model to adjust the data to find the present trend.
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WALNUT CREEK — A young female golden eagle rescued by San Ramon Valley firefighters in March and rehabilitated by Lindsay Wildlife Hospital died hours after being struck by a wind turbine.
Two power workers found the 12-pound raptor near a wind turbine at Altamont Pass in Livermore, according to officials from the Lindsay Wildlife Experience. The workers watched the sub-adult golden eagle struggle as she flew near the ground before falling.
She was brought to Lindsay Wildlife Hospital at 11 a.m. July 25, where Dr. Lana Krol identified that she was an eagle with a satellite telemetry backpack so biologists with East Bay Regional Parks can continue to track her flight paths.
A turbine struck the eagle’s left wing so hard that bones went missing as it shattered at the radius and ulna. The doctor determined that the raptor would never be able to fly again and she was euthanized later that day.
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY - Disappointment in last week’s decision to approve 27 wind turbines in southern Prince Edward County ranges far beyond the borders of the municipality,
A trio of conservation groups, including Nature Canada, Ontario Nature, and American Bird Conservancy have joined Mayor Robert Quaiff in lambasting the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) decision to approve the White Pines Prince Edward County Wind Energy Project in an internationally designated Important Bird Area (IBA).
“There are so many things wrong about this decision and the only reasonable conclusion is that it is bad for nature” stated Ted Cheskey, senior conservation manager at Nature Canada, in a joint release. “More populations of species at risk will be threatened and more critical habitat will be destroyed. Nature Canada is not opposed to the project as a whole, but several specific turbines should not have been approved. We are also at a loss to understand why the Ministry would approve this project without waiting for the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal in the Ostrander case.”
Michael Hutchins, director of the American Bird Conservancy’s Bird-Smart Wind Energy Campaign, said the development will hurt birds in both Canada and the United States.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering requests from the wind energy industry to exempt wind turbines in Wisconsin and nationwide from new rules to protect threatened bats, even as a fungal disease has killed millions of the creatures.
Because of the disease, white-nose syndrome, the federal agency listed the northern long-eared bat as threatened. The temporary rule to list the bat as threatened exempted some activities, but not wind energy generation. The agency is now considering a final rule, including potential exemptions for wind turbines.
The Fish and Wildlife Service said wind turbines cause a significant number of bat deaths. A 2013 study, cited in the Federal Register, found wind turbines nationwide killed 650,000 to 1.3 million bats in a year.
Talons clenched, eyes locked on prey, a peregrine falcon looks almost peaceful as it leans forward, relaxes and drops into a 200-mph dive for dinner. It is the fastest known animal on earth. And it has no predator.
Yet there was a time when the raptors’ screeches went silent along the riverside cliffs of Illinois. Their population here: zero.
By the 1960s, humans had taken a toll. Pesticides like DDT thinned their eggshells, so parents crushed their chicks before they even hatched. Season after season, fewer and fewer.
But after the population nosedive, a climb.
The peregrine falcon’s status in Illinois has improved over the years from endangered to threatened, and now the bird has been removed altogether from the state list of species needing aid, said officials, who plan to make the announcement Tuesday. Peregrine falcons are still federally protected but no longer on the edge of extinction.
This time, humans had helped them. It took about 30 years, but conservation and the bird’s own adaptability put it back on the map, albeit a different spot: the city of Chicago.
Now, there are more falcons in Illinois than ever.