Category: California Bats

Wind Industry Plans Serious Changes to Protect Bats

Migratory bats, for some reason, have a lethal attraction to wind turbines. Now, they may get help via “feathering.” New industry guidelines, to be announced Thursday, aim to save tens of thousands of bats each year by idling turbines at low wind speeds during peak bat migration season. They could reduce by a third the […]

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 in Alps Bats, Articles, Bats, California Bats, Cape Cod Bats, Texas Bats, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Wind Industry Plans Serious Changes to Protect Bats

Larger Turbines Pose Peril for Birds

When the U.S. Department of Energy released a report last month championing the construction of larger, more-powerful wind turbines, the wind industry unsurprisingly greeted the news with enthusiasm. With an extension of the “hub height” of turbines to 360 feet, the chief executive of the American Wind Energy Association said, wind energy could expand to […]

Wednesday June 10th, 2015 in Articles, Birds, California, California Bats, California Eagles, California Hawks, California Owls, California Pelicans, Condors, Michigan, News, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Larger Turbines Pose Peril for Birds

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 […]

To Save Birds, Change the Rules on Wind Turbines

When the Department of Energy released a report last month championing the construction of larger, more-powerful wind turbines, the wind industry unsurprisingly greeted the news with enthusiasm. Less ardent was the association’s response to well-documented concerns by scientists over the half-million birds that die each year from collisions with existing turbines: Some migrating birds, a […]

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 […]

Birds Die as Wind Turbine Replacement Lags

A battle that pits union jobs against the lives of thousands of birds is playing out in the scenic hills of the Altamont Pass, where a wind power company operates hundreds of turbines that environmentalists say are outdated and kill protected species. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors must decide Tuesday whether to give Altamont Winds Inc. […]

Monday March 23rd, 2015 in Articles, Birds, California, California Bats, California Eagles, California Hawks, California Owls, Eagles, News, Owls, Red-tail Hawks, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Birds Die as Wind Turbine Replacement Lags

Take Permit Ruling Favors Local Wind Farm Project

A U.S. District Court judge ruled a federal agency was within its rights when it issued a take permit to a proposed Champaign County wind farm that critics said could harm an endangered bat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an incidental take permit to the Buckeye Wind Project in 2013, allowing the wind […]

Monday March 23rd, 2015 in Alps Bats, Articles, Bats, California Bats, Cape Cod Bats, News, Ohio, Texas Bats, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Take Permit Ruling Favors Local Wind Farm Project

A Much Welcomed Boost in Wind Wildlife Research Funds

The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Program includes $12.4 million to “improve the understanding of risks to sensitive wildlife species and develop technologies that can mitigate those risks.” This is an important acknowledgement of the nexus between wildlife issues and wind energy development. Congress should support it and the Department of […]

Monday March 9th, 2015 in Alps Bats, Alps Eagles, Articles, Bats, Birds, California Bats, California Eagles, Cape Cod Bats, Cape Cod Eagles, Eagles, Research, Texas Bats, Texas Eagles, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on A Much Welcomed Boost in Wind Wildlife Research Funds