Maine Audubon centers carry on John James Audubon’s work - Maine Sunday Telegram

For more than a century, the National Audubon Society and its 500 chapters have been dedicated to conserving and restoring natural ecosystems and habitats.

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Comment by Marshall Rosenthal on April 25, 2016 at 6:34pm

It is unbelievable to see wind power companies like FIRST WIND (now SunEdison) as Audubon Corporate Partners. The environmental NGO's, Audubon one of them, have gotten into the CARBON CREDIT SALES RACKET, and certainly wouldn't say boo to the wind power industry. They are in bed with them, so what's a few endangered and extinct bird species?

Comment by Barbara Durkin on April 25, 2016 at 2:50pm

National Audubon lacks control over its 500 chapters according to National Audubon.  While NH Audubon, in my view, functions to protect wildlife, MA Audubon has provided their "support" for Cape Wind even though their staff scientists estimate that this offshore wind project's avian mortality rate count could reach up to 6,600 mortalities per year in Nantucket Sound.  There are endangered species present here in the North Atlantic Flyway, with the roseate tern "at the brink of extinction" according to MA Audubon. 

What gives?  Why would such an environmental organization "support" the killing of birds where endangered species are present?  What credibility have they who advocate for up to 6,600 violations of strict-liability criminal statutes per year???

The condition of MA Audubon's support for the Cape Wind project is a Cape Wind-funded Adaptive Management contract to count bird carcasses that MA Audubon's press release said they would implement.  These events occurred while MA Audubon was the lead federal regulator's (MMS) "Key Partner" in the Cape Wind environmental review and permitting processes.  They not only failed to remain objective, they denied their own testimony on bird kill to the press and stripped it from their Website!

Thanks to Wind Watch--MA Audubon's testimony on bird kill survives! (page 10)-

A good read on this subject, by a MA Audubon clued-in member- a clip-

'Cape Wind Project: A Tale of Crony Environmentalism (Part 2) Did Mass Audubon Sell its Soul to the Wind Industry?'

Dead bird at Navarre Windfarm, Spain

By Christine Morabito – June 2015

As an environmentalist and bird lover, it gives me no pleasure to criticize the largest conservation organization in New England; an organization of which I am a member. Personal conflict aside, it seems apparent that Massachusetts Audubon Society’s support for a massive industrial project threatens thousands of birds a year.

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Mass Audubon's testimony on Cape Wind to the USACE:
The President of Mass Audubon, Laura A. Johnson, submitted Mass Audubon's comments on the Cape Wind DEIS on February 23, 2005; to Ms. Karen Kirk Adams, the Cape Wind Energy Project Manager 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."
(MA Audubon removes testimony from their Website)-
Taber Allison flatly denies MA Audubon's testimony on bird kill by Cape Wind made to federal regulators, in writing:
Excepts that are relevant with links provided to full opinions/letters: 
SouthCoastToday 7/25/06 LTE-MA Audubon is inconsistent
"MA Audubon's staff scientists have concluded that up to 6,600 birds per year would be killed if Cape Wind is permitted in testimony."

"MA Audubon has challenged Cape Wind to accept an Adaptive Management Plan that includes rigorous monitoring, beginning at the construction phase and continuing at least three years post construction; to be funded by Cape Wind; with contributions from independent institutions and government agencies as appropriate.

I wish to challenge MA Audubon to answer one question: What agency do they suggest should be eligible to bid on, or awarded this lucrative, long-term monitoring contract if Cape Wind is permitted in Nantucket Sound?"


Taber Allison of Mass Audubon responds:

SouthCoastToday: 8/03/06

"Mass Audubon scientists have never concluded that up to 6,600 birds, or any number of birds, would be killed if this project is permitted."

"We don't understand Ms. Durkin's closing question."


SouthCoastToday 8/16/06

'Conflicting data on collision risks for birds'

"In his letter titled "Letter writer gets bird facts wrong," Taber Allison presents a misleading and untrue statement regarding Barbara Durkin's comments in her letter to the editor on July 25 titled "Mass. Audubon is inconsistent."

"I did, and my conclusion is that Allison misrepresents the truth and seems to be attempting to rewrite history."


SEE Page 3, last paragraph.  April 21, 2008 was the last day for public comment on the Cape Wind Draft EIS.  (This link is likely now dead)

The day following Cape Wind Draft Environmental Impact Study last public comment opportunity, on April 22, 2008, Jack Clarke made this admission!!!
"The roseate tern is listed as endangered, but we believe it is on the brink of extinction," Jack Clarke, public policy director for the Massachusetts Audubon Society Cape Cod Times 4/22/08.

See Section 5-58 for estimates on mortalities by Cape Wind on the ESA listed Roseate Tern (at the brink of extinction)  extinction is the worst scientific outcome.

With friends like MA Audubon, birds don't need cats! 


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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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."

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