BDN: Maine Audubon telling wildlife tales

Unfortunately, those of us close to the wind fight in Maine know all too well that Maine Audubon's telling of wildlife tales sometimes overlooks things.

Please be sure to click on and read: FMM attacks Maine Audubon on ties to industrial wind and flawed report

The BDN article is here.

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Comment by Barbara Durkin on March 13, 2015 at 9:01am

Follow the money. 

Why would MA Audubon "support" Cape Wind when MAS staff scientists arrived at up to 6,600 avian mortalities per year by Cape Wind.  This is the equivalent of up to 6,600 violations of strict liability criminal statutes protecting the birds of Nantucket Sound that MAS endorses.  See (page 9.)  This testimony can no longer be found on the MAS Website-

Mass Audubon comments on Cape Wind DEIS on February 23, 2005 to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District -- Reference File No. NAE-2004-338-1, EOEA No. 12643:


"By utilizing other bird mortality data provided in the DEIS, Mass Audubon staff scientists arrived at avian mortalities that ranged from 2,300 to 6,600 collision deaths per year."

Mass Audubon uses contract language and offers their "support" position of Cape Wind during permit review provided that there is a Cape Wind Adaptive Management Monitoring and Mitigation contract "funded by Cape Wind".  While Mass Audubon was involved in the Cape Wind permit review process, they failed to remain objective...for a reason.   

Published: March 28, 2006

A Cape Wind Challenge To Get It Right 

by Taber Allison and Jack Clarke


"MASS AUDUBON CHALLENGES the developer of Cape Wind and its permitting agencies to accept comprehensive and rigorous monitoring and mitigation conditions that will reduce the risk to birds and other wildlife. If these conditions are adopted, and remaining data gaps are addressed, Mass Audubon will support Cape Wind, the largest, clean, renewable-energy project in the Northeast..."

"...Monitoring and mitigation should be funded by Cape Wind with contributions from independent institutions and government agencies as appropriate."  

Mass Audubon will "implement" Adaptive Management estimated by Altamont parties to have a value of $3 million "start-up", and $1 million per year continuing at least three years post- construction per Mass Audubon's terms as a Cape Wind permit reviewing entity. 

MA Audubon Announces their intent to implement Adaptive Management for the Cape Wind Project "funded by Cape Wind". 

Mass Audubon "What's New? June 25, 2010 press release, excerpt:


"Next Steps for Mass Audubon participation
Mass Audubon will continue to analyze and report on Cape Wind through:

1. MMS’ OCS lease arrangement;
2. ACOE Section 10 permit issued under the US Rivers and Harbors Act;
3. EMS adaptive management plan; and
4. Avian monitoring and mitigation plan implementation during the construction and three year post-construction phases of the project."

Maybe Maine Audubon is just as interested in counting carcasses as Mass Audubon is.  While the federal regulator, USFWS, informed that the technology to count carcasses over water, Nantucket Sound, simply does not exist. 

Comment by Jim Wiegand on March 12, 2015 at 12:29pm


I would not believe a thing coming out of Audubon until they disclosed every dime they have taken in from wind energy back to the secret condor settlement and including the mitigation funds received for approved projects. Just look at the corrupt legal settlement this outfit made at Altamont to reduce raptor mortality. The primary change made to reduce raptor mortality was that mortality studies became more RIGGED. Hundreds of raptor carcasses were thrown out of the data and declared incidental so on paper the data would a show lower mortality. The truth is far more carcasses were picked up the later study than in the 1998-2005 comparative study used.



The industry quickly jumped all over the rigged study claiming Altamont Pass was now safer. False media stories followed that claimed that the industry's bird grinders and Audubon had successfully reduced mortality.  The irony in all this is that every raptor in America would be much better off without Audubon's two-faced help.


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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