Wind turbine related nesting failures occur with all birds during the egg and downy stages of a nesting cycle. If an adult is killed by a turbine, there is a 100 percent probability of a complete nest failure because it is simply not possible for a single parent to hunt, incubate or protect their downy young from the elements. Fraudulent wind industry research has hidden these turbine impacts to wildlife.
From the 2015 NH peregrine falcon data..........."Of this year’s 2015 16 incubating pairs, 12 (75%) were successful in fledging at least one young"......................... In 2015 four of NH falcon nests were a complete failure. Where the failed nest sites located in near wind turbine sites? The death of an adult will cause this.
If so where is this information? In fact where is all of the Peregrine Falcon nesting data about falcon nest sites located near NH wind farms. It appears that Stantec and NH Audubon have this information but are not releasing it.
Groton Wind Farm (Iberdrola) went on-line in December 2012. I wrote about the fraudulent research used for this project years ago. http://www.windaction.org/posts/29851-proposed-wind-farm-imperils-f... This project would have first impacted the status of the 2 peregrine falcon nesting sites near these turbines in 2013. I can find nothing on line about the nesting status for these two Groton NH nest sites for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
http://www.nhaudubon.org/holts-falcons-fledge-five/ .................... 2014
http://www.nhaudubon.org/2015-nh-peregrine-breeding-season-results/ ............. 2015 "The 12 successful nests are also down from a record-high 14 in 2014" . In 2015, NH Audubon staff and volunteer falcon observers confirmed a total of 20 occupied territories in NH, down from a record-high 23 territories we documented in 2014.
But there is some things of note revealed in the Audubon articles……….. “Unexpectedly, nearly one-third (10 of 31) of the state’s fledglings came from urban nest sites in the Merrimack River valley in 2015, including 3 in Concord, 4 in Manchester, and 3 in Nashua.”………………… In addition “NH Audubon has scaled back significantly on the time-consuming and logistically complex task of accessing remote nest ledges to band falcon chicks.
The truth is that checking on the success of these nests is no big task but inadvertently information about these sites was released. Since Peregrine Falcon fledgling success is declining statewide and urban nest production is increasing, then more of the remote falcon nest sites like those around the Groton wind farm are not producing.
Is the once expanding peregrine falcon population now declining because adults have been killed off by wind turbines? Could it be that the primary food source being birds, is being killed off by wind turbines? Or is it a combination of both of these turbine impacts as I suspect. How many peregrine falcon carcasses have been picked up by wind personnel and secretly shipped off to one the Interior Department's Repository freezers? These are questions the public will never have answered until something is done about the "Green Gestapo" and an honest researcher, not bound by nondisclosure agreements checks into all this.