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.
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.