Category: Washington

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 […]

Alternative Energy No Substitute For Clean Nuclear

Realistically, you can’t produce wind and solar power when people need it. Electricity from both is only available when nature cooperates. Power production fluctuates wildly, depending on the weather. The amount of energy that the average wind turbine produces annually is equal to just 20% to 30% of the amount of energy that would result from […]

Monday June 9th, 2014 in Articles, Birds, California, Germany, Michigan, Research, Washington, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Alternative Energy No Substitute For Clean Nuclear

Mitigation Strategy that Offers Hope for Threatened Birds

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced a new strategy to avoid and mitigate the impact of energy projects on federal lands that should benefit imperiled species such as the Greater Sage-Grouse. The “Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of the Department of the Interior” stems from Secretarial Order Number 3330 issued […]

Thursday April 10th, 2014 in Birds, Raptors, Washington, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Mitigation Strategy that Offers Hope for Threatened Birds

Administration ‘Slow Rolling’ Documents on Bird Deaths at Wind Farms

The Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed, House Republicans charged Wednesday. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said the Fish and Wildlife Service has engaged in a “deliberate slow rolling of documents and answers” for […]

Wednesday March 26th, 2014 in Alps Eagles, Articles, Birds, California Eagles, Cape Cod Eagles, Eagles, News, Texas Eagles, Washington, Wind Power Technology, Wyoming | Comments Off on Administration ‘Slow Rolling’ Documents on Bird Deaths at Wind Farms

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 […]