Category: Oregon

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 […]

Willamette Valley Great Horned Owls

While enjoying hikes in the Willamette Valley, keep your eyes and ears open for the great horned owl. The great horned owl (bobo virginianus) is our most common owl. A nocturnal hunter, they hunt silently, gliding over fields and woodlands in search of mostly small mammals. However, the owls also will prey on other owls, […]

Sunday February 21st, 2016 in Articles, Dr. Hoots, Oregon, Owls | Comments Off on Willamette Valley Great Horned Owls

Wind Power to Pay Millions for Killing Eagles and Other Protected Birds

A Portland, Oregon–based wind-farm company, the second to be sentenced to fines for killing hundreds of protected birds in Wyoming with its turbines, will pay $2.5 million in fines, restitution and community service. PacifiCorp subsidiary PacifiCorp Energy pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wyoming on December 19 to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty […]

Friday January 9th, 2015 in Alps Eagles, Alps Hawks, Articles, Birds, California Eagles, California Hawks, Cape Cod Eagles, Cape Cod Hawks, Eagles, News, Oregon, Red-tail Hawks, Texas Eagles, Texas Hawks, Wind Power Technology, Wyoming | Comments Off on Wind Power to Pay Millions for Killing Eagles and Other Protected Birds

Turbines are Due a Close Review

Mill Creek wind farm has the potential to be more than the largest wind farm in Missouri. It also could be disruptive to migratory birds and impact the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Element Power of Portland, Ore., which is developing Mill Creek, proposes erecting more than100 wind turbines in a 30,000-acre area in Holt […]

Saturday August 9th, 2014 in Alps Bats, Alps Eagles, Articles, Bats, Birds, California Bats, California Eagles, Cape Cod Bats, Cape Cod Eagles, Eagles, Oregon, Texas Bats, Texas Eagles, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Turbines are Due a Close Review

Wind Farms and Eagle Deaths

The blades of wind turbines appear to rotate slowly and the eagles, who “behave like drivers texting on their cellphones” when they’re in flight looking for food, do not see them until it is too late. Rocky Mountain Raptor Program director Michael Tincher tells the AP that he euthanized two golden eagles whom he found starving […]