I haven't told many people about this, but I was extensively interviewed for this wind energy article published in Audubon Magazine. Over a period of months I was providing information to Ted Williams. I was first contacted on 11/24/2013 and I sent my last email with vital information regarding the wind industry's fraudulent research on 2/11/2014. Audubon and Ted Williams did not use any of my expert information given in 23 emails including several phone calls, that clearly disclosed the wind turbine mortality research fraud taking place.
Wildlife-smart wind power may be as close as it gets to "green energy." But over vast swaths of America, the "smart" part is still more hot air than reality--especially when it comes to raptors.
From: Jim wiegand
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2013 8:44 AM
Subject: Save the Eagles
Hello Ted, I received you email. When is a good time for you to talk? I will be off to church until about Noon today and will have several hours after that. Exactly what topics do you want to cover? Let me know so I can collect my thoughts. As you may know I feel there are few places suitable for the propeller style wind turbine because birds live everywhere. I also am aware there are also some that are far worse than others. Best wishes, Jim Wiegand
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2013 2:11 PM
Subject: Re: Phone call must wait
I just got off the phone with Terry Root. Have you heard of her? She's a wind "expert" from Stanford who says sacrificing the golden eagle species is worth it to get wind power in place as a cure for global warming.
In a message dated 11/24/2013 5:03:35 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, jim............ writes:
Hi Ted, Very good, I also noted the 2006 date. I started my wind industry war in 2008 after trying to educate folks around my area about these turbines. The worst thing they could have done was to limit me to 3 minutes speaking at a Shasta County Supervisors meeting. Not one supervisor asked me a single question even though they could have never found a more qualified expert. I knew right then I was dealing with a band of crooks. Jim
Hi Ted, My wife just reminded me of something, our phone is dead. It has been for several days and the repair order said they would have it fixed by Monday. I think it is from the weather but I will keep you posted. I do have a cell phone but it does not work in my home/office and I do not really want to drive out somewhere and have this conservation. I also have another subject that might be very enlightening to your readers; I call it the "back doors". Those very subtle cover your butt statements written into studies that change everything. I see them in every study. Below are several examples taken from a radar study conducted on Lake Erie. The truth is that this radar study is completely worthless but it is being used to get project approval, Jim
They have stated nothing about bird flight patterns in fog and poor weather. Clear Air Results are only a fraction of the story. The test only was a 4 mile area. It should have been much bigger because birds do not always follow the Exact same routes. A perfect example is spread out sightings for the whooping cranes.
2.2.2 Offshore Radar Data Results
The MERLIN Avian Radar System operated offshore at the Crib (see Figure 1.1) during the 2010 sampling
period, from May 1 to May 26, 2010, and again from August 16 to October 12, 2010. During the fall the
radar operated for a much longer period than it did in the spring. However, because of poor weather
conditions in the fall a similar number of hours with clear air were available for both seasons (see Table
2.3). Poor weather conditions in the fall included; rain, heavy fog, and periods of very windy conditions
which created a level of clutter on the lake’s surface that exceed the clutter suppression capabilities of
Table 2.3 Offshore radar hours summary - spring and fall 2010
MERLIN Crib Data Collection Spring (hours) Fall (hours) Overall
For this radar study they missed very critical migration periods and then filtered the data they chose to use.
.......No State, federally listed rare, threatened species, or endangered species were observed .........."during boat Surveys"
..........index of bird and bat activity...........Not necessarily a count of individuals
In a message dated 2/11/2014 6:23:07 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, jim...................... writes:
Hi Ted, I have some new golden eagle information that substantiates the rapidly declining golden eagle numbers in CA. My estimate is that there are less than 500 in the state and the industry is killing about 200 per year at wind farms. Many of these eagles being killed are from migratory populations. The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) is an inventory of California’s rarest plants, animals, & natural communities. In this Database there are only 141 Element Occurrences (eagle nests) currently in CNDDB. This database was developed over the last 10 years so these 141 element occurrences are not a total of the individual active nest sites for a given year. In addition many of these sites listed on the map are alternative nest sites for eagle territories that continue to be occupied. According to this database, approximately half of the 58 counties in CA have no known golden eagle nest sites.
The information for San Diego County is interesting because only 14 sites are listed. The San Diego County area is an area where wind industry biologists (WRI) in 2012 claimed there were 57 breeding pairs of golden eagles in 2012.
There are 15 occurrences listed for Humboldt County but in reality there are probably fewer than six of these nests that are actually occupied in any given year because this area for the most part is marginal golden eagle habitat.
Part of the problem is that eagle nests in trees last for decades and on cliff faces last hundreds of years. Ignorant Biologists doing surveys, for no good reason, can get all excited when they find one. In 1968 I found an unoccupied eagle nest and over the next 15 years it was never used by any raptors. Yet after 15 years sitting in a large oak tree it still looked like a recently built nest. It is probably still sitting there.
I am very familiar with the Modoc and Lassen County areas. Again some of the golden eagle occurrences listed for this region are overlapping because of the eagles switching to alternate nest sites. This California database also is far from being complete because I know of 2 golden eagle nest sites that up to a few years ago were occupied and the use of the vague word "occurrences" does not necessarily mean there is an active occupied nest site.
The USFWS estimates that there are about 2000 golden eagles in California. The database proves that the wind industry and wildlife agencies really do not know of many golden eagles nests that remain in CA. This database helps to bring more suspicion on all the bogus wind industry and USFWS population estimates being given for the golden eagle. It also exposes the insane wildlife management being conducted by wildlife agencies when by their own admission; at least 100 golden eagles a year are being killed by just four CA wind resource areas.
What ever happened with the article? best wishes, Jim
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:43 PM
To: Jim Wiegand
Subject: Re: New Eagle information
And thanks for your good help with the piece. It was well received, and I as impressed with how much them let me say. I hope Save the Eagles will reprint it.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Below is a full page ad Audubon ran in the middle of this wind energy article. It can be seen in their magazine. The article started on page 32, this was page 33. I cannot even begin to imagine asking for this kind of money after selling out the bird species of the world to wind energy. This money driven group is absolutely disgusting and ignorant members need to wake up to the character of their leaders.