Category: Texas Pelicans

Violent Environmental Problems With Wind Turbine Operation: From Avian Mortality to Catastrophic Failure

An unavoidable problem of wind turbines is killing flying creatures. The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) produced a video “Eagle lawsuit ruffles wind industry feathers”. The video records an eagle being killed by a wind turbine. It appears the eagle went back for a second look at the turbine and a blade struck the […]

Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 in Articles, Bats, Birds, California, California Bats, California Eagles, California Hawks, California Owls, California Pelicans, Canada, Eagles, Research, Texas, Texas Bats, Texas Eagles, Texas Hawks, Texas Owls, Texas Pelicans, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Violent Environmental Problems With Wind Turbine Operation: From Avian Mortality to Catastrophic Failure

Big Wind & Avian Mortality (Part II: Hiding the Problem)

Developing Methods to Reduce Bird Mortality in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area also looked at the placement of carcasses in relation to turbine types. It documented that the distances carcasses were found from turbine towers increased significantly as turbine megawatt ratings and blade lengths increased. Based on a sample of about 800 carcasses, the report […]

There’s a place for birds and wind

I am bothered by an ongoing controversy between bird lovers and energy developers that is taking place on the shores of Lake Erie near Port Clinton. As most people who have any connection to the outdoors surely know, that part of the Ohio north coast is an internationally known bird migration area. It takes in […]

Master Naturalists: Hawk Watch 2012

Winter comes to the Great Plains and the Eastern U.S. Small birds run out of food – insects hibernate, seeds are scarce. As it has for eons, migration begins to warmer climes and food in Central and South America. With and behind the small birds come their predators: raptors. Raptors include hawks, eagles, falcons, kites, […]

Thursday October 11th, 2012 in Articles, Bats, Birds, Raptors, Texas, Texas Bats, Texas Eagles, Texas Hawks, Texas Owls, Texas Pelicans | Comments Off on Master Naturalists: Hawk Watch 2012

Future of Texas wind farms tied to tax credit

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Developers of at least a half-dozen wind farms in South Texas counties are waiting to see if energy tax credits set to expire at the end of the year will be renewed, which would allow them to continue building their projects. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Sunday that three projects in […]

Monday October 1st, 2012 in Articles, Texas, Texas Bats, Texas Eagles, Texas Hawks, Texas Owls, Texas Pelicans, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Future of Texas wind farms tied to tax credit

The Trouble with Turbines

When the biologists weren’t looking up at the sky, they were scouring the ground for carcasses of griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus), Spanish imperial eagles (Aquila adalberti) and other species. The Spanish Ornithological Society in Madrid estimates that Spain’s 18,000 wind turbines may be killing 6 million to 18 million birds and bats annually. “A blade […]

Birds vs Turbines

A new study has found that most bird populations do not suffer long term decline from wind turbines. Wind energy developers welcomed the findings. Wind farm do not effect most bird populations concludes new study The study, from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and RSPB, is the first of its kind based on bird […]

Report: Texas still tops in wind energy production

Matt Joyce Staff Writer – Dallas Business Journal Wind energy accounted for 35 percent of all new power capacity in the United States and nearly 7 percent of electricity generation in Texas in 2011, the American Wind Energy Association    said. Read More

Friday April 13th, 2012 in Articles, Texas, Texas Bats, Texas Eagles, Texas Owls, Texas Pelicans | Comments Off on Report: Texas still tops in wind energy production