Category: Condors

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

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 […]

Renewable Energy Death Toll Impugns Green Claims

Renewable energy sources are killers, not so much green as red. Until recently, renewable energy sources—wind, solar, hydro, etc.—have gotten a pass on the environmental harms they cause. However, as the death toll mounts, the public has begun objecting to the deadly impacts of “green” energy sources. Hydroelectric dams, once the darlings of the green […]

Wind Farm Turbines Take Toll on Birds of Prey

EAGLES, falcons and other raptors make up to a third of the estimated 1500 birds killed each year at Australia’s biggest wind farm. The finding of an independent report for Macarthur Wind Farm operator AGL follows 12 monthly searches of 48 turbines at the 140-turbine operation in Victoria that found 576 bird carcasses. After adjusting […]

Monday September 22nd, 2014 in Alps Eagles, Articles, Australia, Bats, Birds, California Eagles, Cape Cod Eagles, Condors, Eagles, Red-tail Hawks, Texas Eagles, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Wind Farm Turbines Take Toll on Birds of Prey

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