BIRDS, BATS, MISSING INFORMATION, AND WHO GETS TO COUNT.

August 14, 2013

By: Sherri Lange, North American Platform Against Wind Power One of the ever emerging “hot button” issues in the wind turbine controversy is the fact that bird and bat mortality numbers continue to climb. Now estimated in the USA, by experts Paul Driessen and Jim Wiegand, a wildlife and wind turbine mortality expert, the death numbers come in at around 37 million, a big stretch from the 400,000 estimated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Canadian numbers are resoundingly low, as well. Hold onto your hats. The most recent number we could get for CANADA, was just over 900! That is for the entire country, and no one has responded to our request on numbers of turbines. Each machine has a killing “capacity” and we would suggest an “efficiency” number, too. These are indeed, efficient machines, in some instances, luring and killing at the same time. Bats, for example, are seen now to be attracted by the heat and bugs, and possibly roosting sites, too. Bats, as we all know now, are one of the most natural wonders of all time: consuming 600-1000 insects PER HOUR per animal. Their lungs, we now know, explode at the different pressure points created at the tips of the blades, or of course, after being whacked by a blade, too. Bats are a big worry for the industry, rightly so. Did you know that the rainforest is 95% populated by migrating bats? Bats everywhere are endangered, going extinct, suffering from White Nose Syndrome, and extreme loss of habitat. Take a very deep breath, if you care about Mom Nature, your own future. So when the friendly developer comes to YOUR town, and tells you his “GREEN” machine is going to save the earth, and of course you need to sacrifice a few bats and birds, and maybe some wildlife displacement, too, well, you can tell him/her what’s up. What’s up is that the systems of the planet are being pushed to the limit. One of those extreme stressors is the “turbine factory”. So the developer will tell you: we are counting, pre-construction, one year, and post-construction, sometimes three years. What he/she is NOT telling you is that sometimes the counts are done twice a week, or as in the case of the CNE turbine, stopped just before migration, or collected near turbines that are further from ridges where the massive kills are taking place, or that they are possibly colluding with a bird agency such as Audubon, to take money (Mass AU took reportedly $8 MILLION at the Cape Wind project to “mitigate”, or count dead birds in exchange for their support for the project, which originally they opposed.) What they also are not “fessing” up to, is that counters are often told to hush. Some admit to burying “evidence.” No one tells the story better than Jim Wiegand: Hi Jim, I am trying to organize a group of people from wind projects all over the world, who live close enough to turbines, to set up 24 hour surveillance cameras on the turbines nearest their homes. It is the only way to get accurate assessments of the kills from these useless machines. It would not cost all that much to set up, and to have those results on film, from all over the world, would be a huge eye-opener for the uninitiated! Many people have expressed interest in this endeavor. Any suggestions or tips? Reply from Jim Wiegand, USA If I were going to document turbine mortality this is what I would do. Beside daytime coverage, make sure that you have nighttime or infra-red surveillance. Many species are killed foraging at dusk and dawn and many other species are nocturnal. I would also concentrate coverage on the outer third of the blades. I would suggest that the rotor sweep be covered with three cameras, each taking in about 1/3 of the rotor sweep. This will help record the impacts more accurately. Two overall angles or wide angles would also be helpful. One of the overall turbine and the other with a wider angle to document the distance carcasses fly upon impact. The wide angle shots will also record wind farm personnel looking for and picking up carcasses so they can be hidden. The distance carcasses travel will help to expose one of the primary ways the industry uses to rig their mortality studies. In North America searches are rigged to look in an area that primarily goes out no more than 50 meters and away from the direction of carcasses throw. The blades on most huge turbines are 50 meters or longer. I do know of one study that slipped through the cracks that showed approximately 45 percent of fatalities being found at 50 meters or more. This study was not on the huge turbines in the 2-3 MW range so I would expect that any surveillance on the turbine class will easily find that over 80% of fatalities will be documented at beyond 50 meters. Lastly you have to make sure your evidence cannot be corrupted from theft, hard drive failures, and moles. In other words pick your associates wisely and have backup. Mullingar residents should forever resist these turbines because they are prolific killers. The green belt areas in and around your community are vital to local and migratory species. If you do not know, these turbines will slaughter the bird species that you cherish most. Unlike other forms of energy production, the mortality footprint from wind farms is unique in that it extends thousands of miles from each turbine. The public has never heard a word about this from developers, wildlife agencies or sell-out conservation groups. I am a wildlife expert from America and it is very obvious to me that endangered bats, whooping cranes, condors, golden eagles, bald eagles or any other species means very little to this industry. Otherwise they would not be asking for and getting kill (take) permits for endangered species, they would not have to use gag orders to silence lease holders and employees (witnesses), and they would also not have to rig studies to cover up mortality and cumulative impacts. This is exactly what has been going on for several decades. I believe that if the public were made aware of the extinction of species coming from these turbines and the mountain of bogus studies the industry has produced, they would want NOTHING to do with these turbines. I also believe the majority of people after hearing the truth would rather conserve energy and would be willing to pay more for other forms of electricity just to shut down these deadly turbines. It is called sharing the world, not devouring it. I cannot stress this enough to people………..From what I have seen from looking at wind industry mortality studies, this industry and our wildlife agencies are so corrupt they might as well all be selling used cars with their odometers turned back at least 90%. What is even more astonishing is that no one has yet gone to jail, or received a massive fine for killing, displacing, or harming the habitat of: an endangered species. We are waiting. The good news is that wind power is fast losing its shine. “Traitors of the countryside” are being exposed.

 

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