Category: Maryland

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 […]

Bald Eagles Nesting

A bald eagle couple that has made the National Arboretum their home is nesting for a family this month. The eagles laid two eggs in the past week, and now you can watch as they await their eaglets thanks to two well-placed, live-streaming nest cams. Read more…

Tuesday February 16th, 2016 in Captain Eagle, Eagles, Maryland, News, Research, Virgina | Comments Off on Bald Eagles Nesting

Mortality of Eagles and Consequences of Turbines

Last March, a California wind farm, known for killing a host of other birds, garnered federal attention after an eagle was found mangled at the foot of a turbine. According to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940, American eagles may not  be pursued, shot, shot at, poisoned, wounded, killed, captured, trapped, collected, […]

Sunday June 30th, 2013 in Alps Eagles, Articles, Birds, California, California Eagles, Cape Cod Eagles, Eagles, Maryland, News, Research, Texas Eagles, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Mortality of Eagles and Consequences of Turbines

Birds at Risk from Wind Power in Indiana

Indiana is home to one of the world’s single largest concentrations of wind turbines. But all of those giant rotors — about 700 standing among the corn and soybeans along I-65 in Benton County — do more than harness energy from the wind. They also can kill birds. “During migration, birds are traveling long distances, […]

Sunday January 13th, 2013 in Articles, Birds, California, California Bats, California Eagles, California Hawks, California Owls, California Pelicans, Eagles, Indiana, Maryland, News, Owls, Washington, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Birds at Risk from Wind Power in Indiana

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