Minnesota DNR 2018: updated best management practices for Wind Energy

The Minnesota DNR updated their best management practices for Wind Energy! As it is unknown the extent to which the wind industry voluntarily follows any recommendations for feathering, the ONLY way to protect our bat population is to require similar restrictions on the hours of operation via our local Township Ordinances. Minnesota Department of Natural … Continue reading Minnesota DNR 2018: updated best management practices for Wind Energy

Wedge-tailed eagles killed by wind turbines at Yaloak South wind farm in Moorabool Shire

  JANUARY 15 2019 | Jolyon Attwooll | The Courier Wedge-tailed eagles are falling foul of the giant, swift-moving wind turbine blades at Yaloak South wind farm near Ballan. The renewable energy company Pacific Hydro confirmed to The Courier that three deaths of the eagle – Australia’s largest bird of prey – have been recorded at the wind farm since … Continue reading Wedge-tailed eagles killed by wind turbines at Yaloak South wind farm in Moorabool Shire

Video: Syncrude fined $2.75M for 31 blue heron deaths (but windmills get a pass)

Syncrude to pay $2.75 million in fines for deaths of 31 blue herons January 2, 2019 | Vincent McDermott | EDMONTON SUN Syncrude will pay $2.75 million in fines after 31 blue herons died at the company’s Mildred Lake site north of Fort McMurray in 2015. Syncrude’s investigation found that bodies of water, such as … Continue reading Video: Syncrude fined $2.75M for 31 blue heron deaths (but windmills get a pass)

Wind turbines are making songbirds change their tune

(European) Robin hushed: wind turbines are making songbirds change their tune December 20, 2018 | Mark Whittingham | theconversation.com Roman Teteruk/Shutterstock Mark Whittingham, Newcastle University Wind turbines are a leading source of green energy which could supply 12% of the world’s energy by 2020. But their use is often criticised for its impact on wildlife, particularly … Continue reading Wind turbines are making songbirds change their tune

Impact of Wind Turbines on Grouse

Although grouse are amongst the most well-studied bird groups, an adequate scientific investigation of the impact of wind turbines on these birds has yet to be carried out. Research Project “Capercaillie and Wind Energy” Although there are several publications on individual cases in which the topic is presented, there is no clear answer for the … Continue reading Impact of Wind Turbines on Grouse

Interior Secretary Zinke moves to cut sage grouse protections, opening lands for industrialization.

Trump admin moves to cut sage grouse protections, opening lands for oil drilling December 6, 2018 | Sophie Tatum | CNN Strutting adult male greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), Alberta, Canada. Washington (CNN)The Trump administration moved to amend Obama-era protections on the habitat of the sage grouse bird, potentially opening up vast areas of land in … Continue reading Interior Secretary Zinke moves to cut sage grouse protections, opening lands for industrialization.

Wind farms accelerate Dupont’s Lark declines

A new study has revealed the impact of wind farms on Dupont's Lark populations in central Spain. 01/02/2018 | birdguides.com Dupont's Lark is a notoriously shy species which is difficult to observe well. It is found across North Africa and Spain, and is considered Near Threatened. It is a short-distance disperser, with some studies suggesting that adults … Continue reading Wind farms accelerate Dupont’s Lark declines

Wind farms affect the occurrence, abundance and population trends of small passerine birds

Wind farms affect small birds too   March 29, 2018 | Journal of Applied Ecology Julia Gómez-Catasús explains the need for a 4.5km threshold between wind farms and small-sized birds, based on the recently published article, Wind farms affect the occurrence, abundance and population trends of small passerine birds: The case of the Dupont’s lark. Wind energy has … Continue reading Wind farms affect the occurrence, abundance and population trends of small passerine birds