Ohio birders question wind-turbine proposal

A proposal for 198-foot wind turbine near Lake Erie is worrying people who flock to the northern Ohio shoreline to view migratory birds.
Associated Press
Oct 16, 2012

The (Toledo) Blade (http://bit.ly/P48Hao ) reports that birders are worrying about what effect the turbine's whirring blades will have on bald eagles and migratory birds that gather in the marshes and woods along the lake twice a year.

The proposal for the turbine a mile from the lake in Ottawa County is under attack and is being analyzed by wildlife officials.

Kim Kaufman, executive director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Oak Harbor, says the coastal swath dotted with wildlife areas and refugees is a "globally important" bird habitat.

Officials say the 500-kilowatt turbine would generate wind power, reduce electric costs and aid research.

 

Comments

goofus

Now if we could just get commorants to fly higher!!!

007

Wow, maybe the bird watchers would rather pay double their electric bill or better yet have blackouts. Watch your birds on the Discovery channel!!

mikel

windmills are a waste of money. the dollar returned vs the dollar spent will NEVER make this a money saver.

rickross2

The only reason they have been installed is because of the tax breaks they got. Thats the only way that the turbines save any money.

jon491

THIS IS why .------------ U.S. Rep. Marcy Kap­tur (D., Toledo) helped se­cure about $1.5 mil­lion in fed­eral funds for the proj­ect. The Na­tional Guard en­tered into a con­tract with a firm that pur­chased a re­con­di­tioned wind tur­bine that could be used at the site but is not pres­ently lo­cated there, Lt. Col. Daniel Tack said. GOV pays ,someone gets rich .------BTW look at all the wasted money on solar facilities that are failing or scams. SOMEONE GETS RICH .-------------http://heritageaction.com/2012/0...

JERRY from SANDUSKY

If they know how to fly south they know how to fly higher.........…

JERRY from SANDUSKY

If they know how to fly south they know how to fly higher.........…

TheScientist

Here's the thing... many migratory birds don't migrate during the day when they can "see" the windmill. They do it at night.

This close to the lake shore.... not a good idea, IMO. That is prime nesting and migration zones.

jon491

Put lights on the props.

goofus

People will put up with a few seachickens dead at the base, but one bald eagle!!!!!!

Larry

Is there any evidence to support that turbines are killing Eagles ?

T. A. Schwanger

Dispatch: Eagles vs. wind turbines
Posted: 06/13/2012 09:00:00 PM PDT

George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy, alerted journalists Wednesday to an ironic fact: Global Wind Day and American Eagle Day fall just days from each other.

The danger to America's birds from the increasing numbers of wind turbines is the very thing that has caused a rift in the environmental ranks.

Fenwick wrote in an e-mail: "On June 20, we celebrate American Eagle Day, officially designated by Congress to recognize the cultural, historical and ecological significance of our proud national symbol, and to raise awareness of the threats it faces. Ironically, Eagle Day comes just five days after Global Wind Day, a worldwide event `for discovering wind, its power, and the possibilities it holds for our world' (as described at globalwindday.org). The proximity of these events to each other is notable because, although it has the potential to be a green source of energy, wind power as it is currently being developed kills hundreds of thousands birds each year, including Bald and Golden Eagles."

He went on to say that the wind power industry has pressured the government to weaken eagle protections.

Nationwide, about 440,000 birds are said to be accidentally killed at wind farms each year, as well as thousands more bats. With the government pushing for more wind energy farms, that statistic is likely to rise.

goofus

From the Wall Street Journal

Windmills vs. Birds

About 70 golden eagles are killed every year by turbines at California's Altamont Pass, reports the LA Times..

Article

KURTje

Kim your friends sound like they have bird brains.

luvblues2

Yeah, and deer run out in front of cars this time of year. You can see their eyes glowing in the night most times, and they wait till you are almost upon them before they jump in front of your car. Should we ban all cars on the roads in the fall in northern OH?

This is stupid. They are making big steps in energy efficient windmills and solar systems by trying the bad ones first. Nothing is perfect. Especially on the first few tries.

Riskkbreaker

It is a waste of time and money. http://theorionproject.org/energ...

DGMutley

Excerpts from the LA Times article Goofus mentions:
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The neighboring Buena Vista Wind Energy Project recently replaced 179 aging wind turbines with 38 newer and more powerful 1-megawatt turbines. That repowering effort has reduced fatality rates by 79% for all raptor species and 50% for golden eagles, according to a study by Shawn Smallwood, an expert on raptor ecology in wind farms.
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Nationwide, about 440,000 birds are killed at wind farms each year, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service. The American Wind Energy Assn., an industry lobbying group, points out that far more birds are killed each year by collisions with radio towers, tall buildings, airplanes, vehicles and in encounters with hungry household cats.