Category: Maine

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 […]

Reducing Renewable Energy Threats to Wildlife

The Energy Department is spending millions of dollars to figure out how to protect wildlife from renewable energy technology, following reports of birds and bats injured or killed at solar and wind sites. Last week, the department announced it would give $1.1 million to the Biodiversity Research Institute of Gorham in Maine and First Wind […]

Friday September 12th, 2014 in Bats, Birds, Maine, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Reducing Renewable Energy Threats to Wildlife

Researchers Track Flight Patterns To Protect Birds

“What we’re trying to do is be more proactive and gather information to help identify areas that are really important to seabirds, then provide that to [wind power station] developers,” said USFWS biologist Linda Welch, who studies seabirds on the 58 islands of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. “We’re concerned that [seabirds] could […]

Wednesday July 31st, 2013 in Articles, Birds, Maine, News, Research, Video, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Researchers Track Flight Patterns To Protect Birds

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

Efforts to Derail Maine Wind Farm Project

A nonprofit organization filed a federal lawsuit Monday in a last-ditch effort to prevent the planned expansion of the Kibby Mountain wind farm in northwestern Maine. The Friends of the Boundary Mountains, which was founded in 1995 and is based in Farmington, claims the expansion of the wind farm will violate the Migratory Bird Treaty […]

Monday November 26th, 2012 in Articles, Bats, Birds, Cape Cod Bats, Cape Cod Eagles, Cape Cod Hawks, Cape Cod Owls, Cape Cod Pelicans, Eagles, Maine, Petition, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Efforts to Derail Maine Wind Farm Project