What a disgusting sellout organization Audubon has become

It is important for people across the country to understand what a disgusting sellout organization Audubon has become. This is a complete turnaround from the organization that for decades was a pinnacle of protection for our bird species. But that all changed when Audubon joined up on a settlement with Enron in the late 1990’s to allow wind turbines in Condor Habitat. This settlement turned wild condors into pets dependent on their permanent feeding stations with wanderers trapped back into captivity so they would not be killed by "green energy."


Since then Audubon has been knee-deep in fraudulent mortality research at Altamont and other places around the country. Recently I came across a radar study sponsored by Audubon that allowed for flocks or large groups of mirgating birds to be counted as single targets. A deceptive move which hides species usage and creates false estimations of the coming impacts from turbines planned for offshore Maine. In this same area they also failed to mention habitat usage of endangered species that forage at this same turbine site.

I also have a history with the dark side of Audubon going back years for their involvement with peregrine falcon research in New Hampshire. Audubon's fingerprints all over the fraudulent pre-construction research that used to help win approval of the Groton Wind Farm. With the help of this fraudulent research Iberdrola, in their Executive summary for the project boldly made the following statement; " Rare, threatened, or endangered bird species that were documented in the Project area during these surveys include peregrine falcon (state- listed threatened), bald eagle (state-listed threatened), and common loon (state- listed threatened). None of these species reside within the project area. No federally-listed threatened or endangered birds were observed during any of the field surveys."

I wrote about this project years ago. The contrived surveys avoided the most likely times to see these falcons. The morning and evening hunting periods and during their highly visible courtship activates. Fraudulent research was used to determine that these falcons were at a low risk from these turbines. I knew better and wrote about rigged methodologies that were used to hide this information.

The Environmental Impact study at this location was conducted jointly and prepared by Stantec Consulting Inc., and the Audubon Society of New Hampshire Conservation Department. This project went on line in 2013 and would have first impacted the status of these 2 peregrine falcon nesting sites from these turbines that same nesting season.

Ironically in 2013 after the Groton, NH wind project became operational, Audubon stopped giving updates on these two peregrine falcon nest sites. . Prior to this wind farm being built, nesting and fledgling updates were proudly posted annually by Audubon.


Since then I can find nothing on line about the nesting status for these two Groton NH nest sites 2013, 2014, 2015 2016 and 2017. I have made my concerns known about the status of these falcon territories. My concerns are well founded because I know better than anyone (except turbine operators hiding carcasses) how deadly these turbines are to raptors. .

Audubon’s apparent answer to my inquiries, an all is well 10 page publicity stunt of posturing and cover-up tracking the movements peregrine falcons. “Determining Local and Broad-scale Movements of Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) from New Hampshire in the Groton NH region. August 20, 2017 .

A notable quote........“Since 2013, NHA conservation biologists have been collaborating with colleagues from BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI) and Stantec Consulting Services (Stantec) in a multi-year satellite telemetry project to better understand both local and broad-scale movement patterns of PEFAs nesting in rural settings near Iberdrola’s Groton Wind Farm located in Groton, NH (Stantec Consulting et al. 2016)” .


Audubon collaborating with Stantec is important here because Stantec in my opinion is North America's king of fraudulent wind energy research. Bogus research that is hiding more turbine fatalities across America than anyone.

This collaboration by Audubon and Stantec still says nothing about the 2013, 2014, 2015 2016 and 2017 nesting history of these two once occupied Peregrine falcon nest sites.


I have much more I could say about this report and the coverup surrounding these falcons, but I will say this.............. This project is killing these falcons, nesting failures have occurred from an adult being killed, there has most likely been territory/habitat abandonment, and of the successful nesting attempts that have taken place, juvenile offspring are getting killed by turbines in the first few months of their lives.

This is the same pattern that has taken place for decades with golden eagles around Altamont. It is also the same association pattern for all raptors when turbines invade their remote habitats.

These two peregrine falcon nesting sites are well known to many In New Hampshire. I have made inquiries in the past about their status with no luck. It is obvious I will never get an answer and if I ever do, from these people, it will likely be a lie anyway. Maybe this spring a college student or avid birder can follow up on this and let me know if these two nesting sites are still occupied.

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Comment by Jim Wiegand on April 13, 2018 at 3:47pm
Comment by Robert Powers on March 7, 2018 at 8:53pm

Audubon has sold it's soul as well....a different organization than it was 30 years ago...but again...follow the money sources....

Also

I do not know how to open new post, so please see this and someone post for information as appropriate...It has to do with Canadian Wind Project polluting round water.

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I hope it opens.

Comment by Long Islander on March 7, 2018 at 5:13pm

From an old post:

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/fmm-attacks-maine-audub...

The MAS report is troubling and should be withdrawn and re-evaluated. The MAS has an ethical and moral obligation to their members, the people of Maine, and the wildlife they were founded to protect. The conclusions presented to the public in this report are not in keeping with that mandate. MAS needs to rethink its position, open it up to a higher standard of scientific review, and get it right.”

Dr. Rebecca Holberton, Professor of Biology and Ecology at UMaine/Orono and an extensively published researcher in the field of bird migration for over a quarter of a century, agrees with FMM's position on this report.“FMM's concerns are at the heart of the weaknesses of the MAS report. The report is not a report of actual findings but is a hypothetical model or hypothesis that would need to be tested and confirmed empirically before anyone could accept its validity. It is troubling that, although the report is replete with disclaimers and acknowledged weakness by the authors themselves regarding the types of information that went into the work and the limitations of any conclusions stemming from it, it has been confidently presented to the public as a tool that would reliably serve as guidelines for siting land-based wind energy development. I’m not aware that during any stage of the project’s development that any effort was made by MAS to bring in biologists from academia, as well as state and federal wildlife agencies for input. More.............

Friends of Maine's Mountains – Pg. 2

The leadership of MAS is well-aware of the extensive research in the region on bird and bat migration, having recently hosted an extensive public talk on the topic by me and my colleagues just a few months ago. There is nothing in this document that addresses collision risk taking into account new studies that show that wind energy development may be having a greater impact on birds than previously thought and that higher turbines result in greater collisions. Further, although the main approach in the MAS model focuses solely on habitat characteristics on the ground, there are no studies showing that on the ground habitat characteristics have anything to do with the spatial densities of birds aloft during migration. Regardless of the motivation behind MAS’s decision to produce these purported guidelines without seeking knowledgeable resources for input and comment, some may consider it, at best, a catalyst for improving how we approach spatial mapping of wildlife risk, and at worst, a poorly-developed model to be misused by those looking for an open endorsement for wind energy development in the state without being made to consider the true viability of alternative energy sources. How we balance the different ways we impact the environment should be based on factual information, which, when used properly, should lead all folks with different perspectives to the same conclusions. The MAS report fails miserably in that regard.”

Comment by Jim Wiegand on March 7, 2018 at 5:10pm

What make me sick is that Audubon has no right to determine what should be done or what industrial impacts these species should be subjected to. It is very clear that their input including their corrupt research, is having very detrimental impacts upon highly protected avian species.

Comment by Frank Haggerty on March 7, 2018 at 4:34pm

Jack Clarke is the director of public policy and government relations for Massachusetts Audubon.

Jack Clarke, a society official, said the group worried that the birds migrating at night might be attracted to the turbine warning lights-- but in the end $750,000.00 took precedence. 

Comment by Jim Wiegand on March 7, 2018 at 12:22pm

Think of Audubon as a Labor Union representing a multitude of hard working good people, having their crooked leadership selling them out with lousy labor contracts.

Comment by Pineo Girl on March 6, 2018 at 7:23pm

Disgusting! And happening here with the MAV project off Monhegan Island! 

Comment by Frank Haggerty on March 6, 2018 at 7:14pm

Cape Wind -Massachusetts Audubon --Finacial deal to allow Cape Wind 

MA Audubon is in an enviable position if Cape Wind is permitted beyond
the $8 million dollar Cape Wind AM contract.
MA Audubon manages Bird Island with $780, 000 restoration mitigation anticipated from
Cape Wind lease payments.
In addition, the state and feds will fund $3.77 million to Bird Island for a feasibility study.
Mass Audubon's Jack Clarke, through the US Offshore Wind Collaborative (USOWC),
intends to provide (his) their "Actions" that include "Monitoring U.S. offshore projects"
"environmental impacts", "through all phases of development"; as an MMS identified "Key
Partner" in the Cape Wind NEPA environmental and permit review.
Party to the Altamont, CA lawsuits over the violations of federal species protections by the wind
industry, Michael Boyd-President of CAlifornians for Renewable Energy, estimates the value of
the Cape Wind monitoring contract as $3 million "startup"; and $1 million per each year following.
MA Audubon's "Challenge" press release stipulates that Cape Wind AM will continue for at least
3 years post Cape Wind construction. If Cape Wind takes 2 years to construct, the approximate
future value of MA Audubon's "support" condition of Cape Wind (MA Audubon "Challenge" press
release) is $8 million dollars. Mass Audubon has announced they will provide the service by
Jack Clarke 2010 June 25 press release.
With greater ambition to service all offshore wind energy project’s Mass Audubon
seeks unlimited contracts for AM through wind energy favorable science.

Comment by Pineo Girl on March 6, 2018 at 7:11pm

Amen!

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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