Category: Bearded Vulture

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 […]

Wind Turbines Located in Critical Bird Habitats

Tens of thousands of wind turbines have been installed in areas that are considered critical to migratory and threatened birds and that number is set to more than double in the future. An analysis by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) shows that more than 30,000 turbines overlap with federally protected bird habitat, including 24,000 in […]

Wednesday May 20th, 2015 in Articles, Bearded Vulture, Birds, Condors, Eagles, News, Owls, Red-tail Hawks, Research, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Wind Turbines Located in Critical Bird Habitats

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 […]

Colorado Birds Receive Protection Against Wind Turbines

The US’ first wind energy legislation to protect birds against wind energy and other renewable energy has been passed. The Bird Protection Act will come into force in January 2015, requiring energy producers to ensure that their facilities protect birds and other wildlife. The bill – drafted by State Senator David Balmer – referenced a […]

Friday September 19th, 2014 in Alps Eagles, Articles, Bats, Bearded Vulture, Birds, California Eagles, Cape Cod Eagles, Colorado, Condors, Eagles, News, Owls, Texas Eagles, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Colorado Birds Receive Protection Against Wind Turbines

Fears Over Turbine Bid

Pauline Jones, from Out Rawcliffe, said: “They want to build the wind farm right in the middle of a bird sanctuary, which is atrocious. “This area is a feeding ground for pink-footed geese who come here between October and March from Iceland and Greenland to feed. It is just not the right place.” Out Rawcliffe […]

Monday September 30th, 2013 in Bearded Vulture, Birds, Condors, Eagles, News, Owls, Red-tail Hawks, Research, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Fears Over Turbine Bid

Wind Farms Threaten Species

Bird conservationists fear proposed wind farms in northern Lesotho will have a devastating impact on two highly endangered vulture species. They are the Bearded Vulture – known locally as the Lammergeier, and an iconic species in the Drakensberg – and the endemic Cape Vulture. “Recent work by Sonja Krüger and Ian Rushworth illustrated that the […]

Monday July 1st, 2013 in Africa, Articles, Bearded Vulture, Research, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Wind Farms Threaten Species

Definitive answer needed on bird deaths

It’s tough to find a straight answer on bird mortality. One thing many people will tell you — lots of birds die, and for a plethora of reasons. But some cite particularly high numbers of bird deaths at the hands — or blades, I suppose — of wind towers. Many talk about those deaths as […]

Saturday June 8th, 2013 in Articles, Bats, Bearded Vulture, Birds, Condors, Eagles, Owls, Red-tail Hawks, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Definitive answer needed on bird deaths