Category: Alps Pelicans

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 […]

Bats at Greatest Risk from Turbines in Illinois

Bats are much more likely than birds to be killed or injured by wind turbines in Illinois, according to state data. “About 22,000 bats a year are killed by wind turbines,” said Keith Shank, who tracks wind turbine collisions and endangered species for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Shank said bats killed by wind […]

Nine Surprising Migratory Bird Facts

Birds manage to make such mammoth journeys despite various threats, including those posed by humans. In the Mediterranean region alone, millions of migratory birds are hunted and captured each year with guns, nets or twigs covered in adhesive bird lime. At least two million are said to be caught in Cyprus each year but Egypt […]

Bill to Gut Bird Protection Laws

A bill that would seriously curtail the reach of two major federal bird protection laws has been introduced in the House of Representatives, and its sponsors clearly intend the measure as a boon to the renewable energy industry. The bill, H.R. 493, would require that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant permits of at […]

US Windfarms Avoid Prosecution for Eagle Deaths

The Obama administration has never fined or prosecuted a windfarm for killing eagles and other protected bird species, shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the deaths secret, an Associated Press investigation has found. More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country’s windfarms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such […]

Thousands of Birds Paying a High Price for Green Energy

Wind turbines do kill birds. Even their most passionate advocates concede that. They argue that (a) if turbines are placed appropriately only an extremely small number of birds are killed and (b) these deaths can be compensated by saving other birds elsewhere. It stands to reason that if you build a wind turbine in a […]

Scotland Abandons Plans to Build Wind Turbine

A LEADING wildlife charity has abandoned controversial plans to erect a wind turbine at one of Scotland’s largest nature reserves, The Scotsman can reveal. RSPB Scotland was accused of hypocrisy and double standards earlier this year after revealing proposals to install a 62ft high “domestic” turbine at its Loch of Strathbeg reserve, near Crimond, in […]

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Wind Turbines vs. Wildlife

“Every year in Spain alone — according to research by the conservation group SEO/Birdlife — between 6 and 18 million birds and bats are killed by wind farms. They kill roughly twice as many bats as birds. This breaks down as approximately 110–330 birds per turbine per year and 200–670 bats per year. And these […]