Category: Iowa

Strong Effects of Climate Change on Common Bird Populations

Scientists have shown for the first time that common bird populations are responding to climate change in a similar pronounced way in both Europe and the USA. An international team of researchers led by Durham University, UK, found that populations of bird species expected to do well due to climate change had substantially outperformed those […]

Bird Language

All language, human and otherwise, revolves around turning meaningless sounds into something more. It’s widely accepted that many non-human animals use what’s called referential communication — specific sounds mean specific things to the receiver. Beyond that, there are two kinds of syntax that make speech more complicated, but also more useful: phonological and compositional. Humans have […]

14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines Litter the USA

The towering symbols of a fading religion, over 14,000 wind turbines, abandoned, rusting, slowly decaying. When it is time to clean up after a failed idea, no green environmentalists are to be found. Wind was free, natural, harnessing Earth’s bounty for the benefit of all mankind, sounded like a good idea. Wind turbines, like solar […]

Why Do Owls “Bob” Their Heads?

Ever wonder why owls bob their heads from side to side so often? Audubon’s recent “BirdNote” podcast addressed this peculiar behavior, explaining that the animals aren’t intentionally trying to weird you out after all. Read More…

Friday February 5th, 2016 in Alps Owls, Articles, Birds, California, California Owls, Cape Cod Owls, Colorado, Dr. Hoots, Iowa, Kansas, Location, Minnesota, Nevada, Owls, Research, Texas, Texas Owls | Comments Off on Why Do Owls “Bob” Their Heads?

Blown away

The effervescence of the wind industry last year, however, was partly because the main federal tax credit for wind power was going to expire in December, and companies raced to qualify before the deadline. The Production Tax Credit (PTC) gave producers 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity generated during the first ten years of a […]

Saturday June 8th, 2013 in Articles, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Research, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Blown away

America’s Most Favored Industry

In the history of American business, it’s difficult to find an industry that has enjoyed more political favoritism than the wind-energy sector now enjoys. The wind industry gets subsidies, mandates, and a de facto exemption from prosecution under some of America’s oldest wildlife laws. And the wind-energy lobby is doing all it can to make […]

Thursday December 13th, 2012 in Articles, Iowa, West Virgina, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on America’s Most Favored Industry

End The Wind PTC And Business-Government Cronyism – OpEd

New York State and US wind power is an expensive, ecologically harmful scam As the Batavia Daily News observed recently, Invenergy is eagerly waiting for this “Lame Duck” Congress to extend the decades-old federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for industrial wind facilities. Meanwhile, thousands of local tax- and rate-paying citizens are eagerly awaiting the expiration […]

Wednesday December 12th, 2012 in Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Scotland, Texas, Washington, West Virgina, Wind Power Technology, Wyoming | Comments Off on End The Wind PTC And Business-Government Cronyism – OpEd