Category: Wyoming

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 […]

Birds and Turbines CAN Coexist

“We can’t endanger animals and their habitats in making renewable energy projects happen,” said Fedy, an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Waterloo. “Our work shows that it’s possible to guide development of sustainable energy projects, while having the least impact on wildlife populations.” Read More…

Wednesday December 16th, 2015 in Bats, Birds, Captain Eagle, Eagles, News, Raptors, Red-tail Hawks, Research, Wind Power Technology, Wisconsin, Wyoming | Comments Off on Birds and Turbines CAN Coexist

Wind and Solar Facilities Killing Millions of Birds

The Institute of Energy Research reports on a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, showing every year 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors) and 888,000 bats are killed by wind turbines – 30 percent higher than the federal government estimated in 2009, due mainly to increasing wind power capacity across the nation. This is figure is likely […]

Officials Crack Down on Wind Farms that Kill Birds and Bats

Utility companies installed thousands of new turbines last year and are on track to install even more this year, generating pollution-free electricity whenever the wind blows. But even as the turbines help utilities reduce carbon emissions and pollution, they’re causing a new problem: Those churning blades kill hundreds of thousands of birds annually, including federally […]

Thursday January 29th, 2015 in Alps Eagles, Articles, California Eagles, Cape Cod Eagles, Colorado, Research, Texas Eagles, Wyoming | Comments Off on Officials Crack Down on Wind Farms that Kill Birds and Bats

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