A long night’s journey into death

Kenn Kaufman

Kenn Kaufman is an American author, artist, naturalist, and conservationist, known for his work on several popular field guides of birds and butterflies in North America.
Excerpt:  People who express concern about bird mortality at wind turbines are usually treated with condescension at best (with phrases like “Bird-lovers are all a-flutter at the thought that Tweetie Bird might get hurt”).   I’ve seen a dozen wind industry fact sheets pointing out, rather patronizingly, that wild birds are killed by many things, including window strikes, automobiles, and roaming cats.  This is true.  But the birds most often killed by cars and house cats are the birds that live around roads and houses – abundant, widespread species, with populations large enough to sustain the losses.  If ten million House Sparrows are hit by cars every year, it won’t make a dent in their total population.  But when you place hazards around stopover habitats for migratory birds, you are turning this equation upside down.  Such hazards have their worst impact on the long-distance migrants, the species that are already most at risk.    Read entire article here

12 thoughts on “A long night’s journey into death

  1. The various foolhardy governments offering up these even more foolhardy subsides
    to green-snake-oil-vendors care not about those from whom these subsides are being stolen.

    Why then would they care about any and all harm the resulting monstrosities will wreak on either man or beast?

    This is why there are now over 80 of these “bird blenders” on Wolfe Island, a Federally and Provincially recognized bird conservation area.

    Environmental and public health takes a far distant back seat to the “green” these mendacious bastards will steal from us!

    I wish the migrating birds of the world god speed.


  2. Please take heed, the Ontario Liberals will go down in history as being the principal political party responsible for what will become known as, Ontario’s Pretend Biodiversity. With the issuance of wind energy approval/permits (under Section 17 ESA 2007) by Ontario’s MNR, has been since the inception of the Endangered Species Act, been in total contravention of it’s very own province’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act 1997.

    The MNR is more than quite aware of the fact, that wind turbines have been killing flying wildlife for over the past thirty years or more. Is it not odd that Section 2 of the FWCA 1997 says;

    If a provision of this Act and a provision of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 conflict with respect to an animal, invertebrate or fish, the provision that gives the animal, invertebrate or fish the most protection prevails.

    If the most protection is to prevail, then why does the office of the MNR continue to issue approval/permits to wind companies to build wind farms, knowing full well of the consequences to Ontario’s flying wildlife.

    Another equal partner, that will be held responsible for Ontario’s Pretend Biodiversity until such time as the slaughter STOPS, is each and every environmental group, association(s) and/or other group(s), that is in acceptance of funds from the Ontario government for the purposes of their institution, foundation, organization and or establishment/stewardship promoting Ontario’s Biodiversity.

    Wildlife protection laws were put in place for a purpose; Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources has abandoned this purpose.

  3. Take your complaints to the MOE — I am sure that Dr. Music will address them forthwith!

    I am sure that he is tap dancing in time to his music as we speak!

  4. Why not install a wind turbine right at Jack Miner’s grave site in Essex Co. After all he only spent a lifetime trying to protect migrating birds. Only seems the right thing to do according to wind turbine advocates.

  5. While agreeing to your petition I have to toally disagree with your position on the wind Industry. If time is taken to actually study this intermittent power source one has to realize it has no intrinsic value to society. It’s intermittency and unreliability forces us to back it up with reliable sources of electricity, in most cases gas or coal running in spinning reserve making wind power totally redundant. It’s all about the subsidies, making a handful of multinational corp. rich at the expense of the consumers and the environment. One industrial turbine will never offset even the co2 expelled in the production of the cement in it’s base. Please further your education on this industry, it’s a green scam!

  6. Very true, no Industrial Wind Turbines should be built. Crap technology.

  7. All wind turbines, no matter their size, act like Cuisinart Food Processors without a containment canister; all flying wild life that comes into contact with wind turbines will be injured to some degree.

    Wind turbines to flying wild life would be the same as Railway Crossings without barriers and or some sort of protection to man.

    Both these activities take very few prisoners. In both instances as would be expressed by Gomer Pyle, “SUPRIZE “ “SUPRIZE” “SUPRIZE”.

    If such were the case, Railway Crossings across Ontario without protection would be devastating to man, what gives man the right to think wind turbines, as not being any different to flying wild life. If this concept is to hard to grasp, just think about the very next time you cross over your next set of railway tracks what could happen if the protection malfunctions.

    I am sure we all can grasp the aforementioned concept, as should politicians be able to, if they can’t then they should not be able to serve the public, because their best interest is, in only serving themselves, at the public’s expense to which they serve.

  8. “All wind turbines, no matter their size, act like Cuisinart Food Processors without a containment canister”

    Not so fast… I am actually working on a design which won’t blend birds and bats.

    Simple really, just eliminate the propeller…

    Picture in your mind a “squirrel cage” fan with a solid flat top and bottom, no penetrations into the center through the sides… Now, make it really, really BIG, 10-40 feet wide or so and say, 2-4 feet high.

    It is designed to be mounted on the roof of a barn or better yet a storage silo. We’re not talking industrial here, just stuff people can use themselves. This puts the “green” back into green energy!

    Oodles of torque and only spins at the wind speed – whatever that may be even up to 100MPH.

    No yaw or pitch control required and it lends itself well to natural gearing up.

    I am currently collecting parts (mainly plastic 55 gallon drums) for an 8 foot diameter by 3 foot high prototype.

    Probably take me an hour to fabricate one out of pop cans… Great child’s toy! (when the wind blows)

    … Now all I need is a silo…



  9. BBW:

    “Picture in your mind a “squirrel cage” fan with a solid flat top and bottom, no penetrations into the center through the sides… Now, make it really, really BIG, 10-40 feet wide or so and say, 2-4 feet high.”

    You might want to consult an engineer or physicist. More vanes does not necessarily mean better collection. Three vanes on Horizontal IWT’s is in fact an optimum (trade off that is). AWEA actually has some excellent explanations of this effect. The book on alternative energy I referenced today explains the effect as well.

    Assuming this is not tongue in cheek (tic), I can send you some design docs (or links) and will save all my aluminum pop cans for you. I can also send you my plastic 2 liter empties… 😉

  10. Yes David, if you are talking about horizontal wind turbines, which I am not…

    I don’t actually want ANY design that changes geometrically within space. This is how we blend birds! My design retains the same appearance regardless of angle or wind speed.

    Adjust your minds picture into the vertical… Google VAWT. You may even come across one similar to my description above using 5 gallon pails…

    Worry not, I have a few “engineers and physicists” I talk to regularly, I even have a mechanical engineer in-law!


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