A consultant’s report estimates that 1,270 bats and 602 birds were killed by Wolfe Island’s 86 turbines from July 1 to Dec. 31 of last year, the project’s first months of operation. In an area that sees only a fraction of the bird migration that the South Shore Important Bird Area does in Prince Edward County, we can only imagine the slaughter when the Ostrander Point turbines commence turning.
Proponents of wind energy yammer on endlessly about how birds will be migrating at altitudes many times higher than the turbines, but feign deafness over concerns about the tens of thousands of birds that descend on this peninsula each spring as they seek out the first land mass after crossing Lake Ontario.
Since these birds migrate at night and are not readily visible except by radar, proponents refuse to believe these numbers. Yet, all we have to do is recall 1985 when over 10,000 migrant song birds were killed in one night alone at the Lennox Generating Plant chimneys due to improper lighting combined with a low ceiling, to realize that these numbers are very real.
It is a travesty that a wind farm should even be contemplated, let alone endorsed, for the Prince Edward Point peninsula – a designated Important Bird Area – when facts alone should indicate that bird mortality here will occur in numbers unlike anything we have ever seen. And they call this “green energy.” It is amazing how quickly we can label ourselves as “clean and green” when dollar signs are waved in front of us.
As the world population continues to escalate at 53 million people per year, wind farms are nothing more than a band-aid solution to a much greater problem, and I for one am looking forward to the day when I will no longer be around to see what hair brain scheme will be dredged up next to mask our extreme wastefulness and refusal to curb our burgeoning human population.