Wind turbines also almost never impact bald eagles ?? Really!


Wind turbines
also almost never impact bald eagles

Greg Alvarez

Studies routinely show that wind power has the lowest impact on wildlife and their surrounding habitats of any way to generate large amounts of electricity. In fact, wind causes less than 0.01% of all human-related bird deaths. Exponentially larger sources in include tall buildings and cars. That's why groups like the National Audubon Society support responsibly sited wind farms: (Commenters Link)

Wind turbines also almost never impact bald eagles, with only a handful of examples in the four decade history of the U.S. wind industry. The US Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) eagle permit rule is grossly mis-characterized in this letter. From former USFWS Director Dan Ashe:

“The truth is, thousands of eagles die every year for a variety of reasons — most from natural causes. The vast majority of human-caused deaths result from intentional poisoning and shooting — federal crimes that we aggressively investigate and prosecute. Most other eagle deaths are caused by collisions – with cars, buildings, power lines and other structures. Wind energy facilities represent a fraction of these deaths, and the media’s singular focus on wind turbines is a gross distortion of the truth.”

"Some have mischaracterized the ceiling of about 4,000 bald eagles cited in our documents as the actual number of bald eagle deaths we intend to permit. In truth, this number represents the maximum number of bald eagles in the lower 48 states (with an equivalent number in Alaska) that our best scientific estimates indicate could be lost annually over and above current mortality rates by any means– both natural and human-caused – without resulting in population declines. The reality is we expect to issue just a few dozen permits annually, most for nest disturbance, some for loss from wind power projects and other sources, such as power lines… The total number of eagle losses we will authorize annually from new sources will be in the hundreds, not thousands, and we believe actual eagle loss will be significantly lower."

-Greg Alvarez, American Wind Energy Association

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Comment by Jim Wiegand on March 9, 2018 at 6:01pm

Norwegian Ornithological Society (NOF), 9 May 2006 (our translation):


‘Eight months after the Smøla wind park started working and, with pomp and ceremony, was declared open, unfortunately we have to conclude that nine white tailed eagles have been killed by the wind turbines. NOF will demand that the turbines are stopped so that everyone can sit down and undertake a thorough review of the problem before more birds are killed.

The adult female white tailed eagle in the picture was the seventh to be killed in collision with turbines at Smøla wind park.
© Espen Lie Dahl.

‘Unique knowledge

‘NOF sacrificed large resources over several years’ of casework in order to stop the construction of a wind power station on Smøla. Our background material was large; through NOF’s Project White Tailed Eagle NOF possesses unique knowledge on the species’ population and habitat use on Smøla. In addition NOF has considerable understanding of the negative consequences that wind parks can have, especially for raptors. While the authorities and developers used research from wind parks in Denmark and the Netherlands as the basis for their evaluation, NOF went to the large parks in the USA and Spain to check the results from their investigations. We did this in order to find areas with fauna similar to our own, that is with large raptors that actively use wind park areas. Here we found clear evidence that large raptors are hard hit by such developments. When, in addition, we then showed through Project White Tailed Eagle that Smøla has one of the world’s densest breeding populations of white tailed eagles, then the tragic consequences that we see today were inevitable!


‘Population reduction

‘Of the nine dead white tailed eagles that so far have been found after eight months operation on Smøla, there are six adult, fully fledged birds and three young birds. Last year radio transmitters were attached to six of the young birds on Smøla. Now, less than a year after tagging, three of these have already been found dead. The discovery of six adult birds will also have dramatic consequences for a species with a low breeding rate and a long life span. With over 100 applications for various wind installations along our coast under consideration, of which many are associated with breeding areas for white tailed eagles, we may in a few decades find that the white tailed eagle population is much reduced. Also other species such as golden eagles, horned owl, red-throated diver etc. may easily be victims of the wind turbines’ beating blades.’



Comment by Jim Wiegand on March 9, 2018 at 5:58pm

This was a case or whatever is was that involved Chris O'neil. I was asked to help.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on March 9, 2018 at 5:55pm

If you're speaking of the Bingham Maine Wind Farm, I was not aware that there was a "Legal" case that went on. 

The land, they used there, of which they promised the locals forest jobs, had been cut many years past and to the point that it would have been nearly 75-100 years to see any work in forestry.

That being said, of course, the Eagles were using the near barren land openings for acquiring their prey. Though their nests were much more secluded in forested areas they still had many lakes and ponds within their range from which to fish.


Comment by Jim Wiegand on March 9, 2018 at 5:43pm

By the way this information I just posted was supposed to be used in the Bingham wind farm legal case. I also had proof with images of bald eagles regularly using ridge line air spaces far from water. 

Comment by Jim Wiegand on March 9, 2018 at 5:32pm

This is what Greg Alverez conveniently forgot to mention.  With the wind industry's fraudulent research, industry employees hiding carcasses and the USFWS helping the wind industry to both hide and dispose of carcasses, thousands of eagle carcasses have gone unreported. Nondisclosure agreements are keeping this hidden and the Eagle Repository conveniently does not keep records of where all the dead eagles are coming from or the cause of death. Imagine that.  

Information like this is avoided by the industry's shill researchers and hidden by our trusted governments.  Despite what Greg Alverez is paid to say, wind turbines are devastating to Bald eagles. The white-tailed eagle is virtually the same species as the bald eagle.They eat the same foods, forage in the same manner and can even interbreed. Read and remember these words.......... "Since the 68-turbine facility was built, reproductive output has plummeted, with breeding pairs at the site down from 19 to just one."   Phase one became operational September 2002. Phase two opened in September 2005. This story hit in June  2006.

June 23, 2006, BBC News reported that 9 White-tailed Eagles have been killed at Norway’s Smola Island Wind Energy Facility over a 10-

month period. Smola is located off the Norwegian coast where a key population of Europe’s largest bird or prey resides.

Since the 68-turbine facility was built, reproductive output has plummeted, with breeding pairs at the site down from 19 to just one.

The Royal Society for the Preservation of Bird’s Conservation Director (M. Avery) noted, “So this colony that is very important – was very

important – has been practically wiped out because this wind farm was built in exactly the wrong place


Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on March 9, 2018 at 5:28pm
Totally insane like all their propaganda

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."


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


(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 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?" 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.”

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