Kingston Field Naturalists hold turbine workshop

Kingston Whig Standard

Kingston Field Naturalists will hold a workshop Tuesday they hope will help shape a policy regarding wind farms, which are a divisive issue among environmentalists.

“Some are strongly in favour of wind farms; some very strongly opposed,” said Chris Hargreaves.

The organization, he said, is trying to determine “where can we stand between these groups.”

The naturalists have invited a number of speakers to their event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Outdoor Centre of Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area.

The aim of the workshop is to share information, Hargreaves said.

“Some people have very strong feelings,” he said. “This is an educational workshop, it’s not a rallying cry for one side or the other.”

In the morning, three experts will discuss the migration routes of waterfowl, raptors and songbirds. In the afternoon, another group of speakers will address the impact the wind farms are having along those routes.

The final scheduled speaker will be John Bennett, executive director of Sierra Club Canada, who is a big supporter of the provincial government’s Green Energy Act, Hargreaves said.

The Ontario government recently put a hold on the construction of offshore wind projects.

“They talk about a moratorium, but who knows how long it will last?” Hargreaves said.

More information about the workshop’s guest speakers and agenda can be found at fee for the workshop is $10. Lunch is $5 for pizza or bring an item for a salad buffet.

Workshop on Bird Migration over and around Lake Ontario
Tuesday March 8th, 10 AM – 4 PM
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area Outdoor Centre

The Kingston Field Naturalists are organizing this workshop to discuss what is currently known about bird migration routes in Eastern Ontario. At present there is a range of opinions as to whether birds tend to travel along migration corridors over and around Lake Ontario, or whether they migrate across a broad front. Our aim is to develop a core of knowledge by which environmental assessments being carried out for wind farm projects can be evaluated. The program will include presentations by speakers from Ontario and New York State, and lots of discussion.


The morning will concentrate on bird migration routes over and around Lake Ontario. The afternoon presentations will look at the impact of wind farms on bird migration, and how this is measured. The impact on bats may also be considered.

9:30–10 AM: Registration

10 AM: Bird Migration Routes over and around Lake Ontario

  • waterfowl movements — David Okines of the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory
  • raptor movements — Gerry Smith of the Derby Hill Bird Observatory in New York State
  • songbird movements — notes by Ron Weir, editor of Birds of the Kingston Region

12:00 PM: Lunch

12:45 PM: Measuring bird migration and the potential impact of wind farms

  • the Wolfe Island wind farm monitoring program — Andrew Taylor and Valerie Wyatt from Stantec
  • the potential impact of wind energy projects on Important Bird Areas — Ted Cheskey from Nature Canada
  • designing a beached bird survey — Barrie Gilbert, Wolfe Island


  • impact of the Ostrander Point wind farm project? — Cheryl Anderson and Myrna Wood, Prince Edward County Field naturalists
  • balancing support for wind energy, with concerns about the impact on bird migration, and other impacts on the area in which they are located — John Bennett, Executive Director, Sierra Club Canada

More questions and discussion

4 PM: Close

The workshop will be held in the Outdoor Centre at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. This is just north of Kingston, close to Exit 617 on Highway 401 — see map. (There is no entry fee to the Conservation Area for workshop participants.)

Everybody is welcome to attend this workshop. The cost will be $10 for registration, (and free coffee and snacks throughout the day), plus $5 for lunch (pizza) or bring a contribution to a salad buffet.

Participants should register in advance, but pay on March 8th. To register, or for more information, please contact Chris Hargreaves

18 thoughts on “Kingston Field Naturalists hold turbine workshop

  1. Looks like it’s stacked with proponents and few if any opponents.

  2. B.O.B. Yes and no. Ted Chesney (mentioned in a recent posting here) may be a recent convert to our side. John Bennett (Sierra Club director, from the dark side) apparently was a recent addition. Don’t know about the PEC people.

    I’m signed up to be there, and maybe a few additional miscreants from Amherst will come along. Are there any topics anybody out there would like me to bring up, especially to Mr. Bennett?

  3. The above Kingston Field Naturalists info says: “Our aim is to develop a core of knowledge by which environmental assessments being carried out for wind farm projects can be evaluated”

    Maybe I’ve missed something, but can somebody please tell me: what environmental assessments?

  4. Hmmmmm: Ted “Useless” Cheskey from Nature Canada…
    Barrie Gilbert: (onside)
    Who gets the last word, though? The windies via mouthpiece John “More IWTs and Onwards” Bennett from Sierra Club.

    Wayne, maybe take a stock of these along
    and politely ask Bennett about the CUMULATIVE IMPACT of continuous strings of IWTS on migration routes from Canada all the way down to South America. Also bring up the rivetting subject of Bellamy’s and Duchamp’s annual kill numbers and see if that slows him down any (it won’t, but may interest some of the brainwashed there).

    I’d also hand out copies of Booker’s recent Three Lies:


  5. You might also point out the obvious: we all live on a single planet and what we do in Canada doesn’t mean diddly in the grand scheme of things:

    Look at the chart of China’s yearly increase and total output (with the USA close on its heels) and then look where Canada sits.

    So here’s what happens: Sierra Club and pals push for “green energy”, put the price of electricity out of reach of already-stretched manufacturers — who then go out of business or relocate production to….are you ready?…CHINA where the environmental standards are lower and where C02 will then be added to.

    Yup, classic NIMBY stuff. But Sierrra Club is doing it!!

  6. And the last I heard, the Asian Brown Cloud had hit the West Coast of the USA recently.

    I guess it ain’t quite NIMBY after all — the smug buggers in Sierra Club, Ontario Nature, Audubon, Nature Canada et all will be sucking on Asian pollution and C02 any day soon — with a good portion of Ontario unemployed (and littered with IWTs)thanks to their misguided efforts.

  7. Is southern Ontario safe from U.S. pollution? (USA is #2 C02 polluter on planet)

    Nope. “Come clean” in Ontario, if that were possible — get rid of all coal-fired plants, every single vehicle, run all home electricity on outrageously expensive green energy — and we’d still be sucking on someone else’s pollution:

    Might want to ask the talking head from Sierra Club about that, too.

    Jobs, jobs, jobs….gone, gone, gone. Tourism? Wildlife? Viewscapes? Rural tranquility? Gone, too!

  8. I’ve been checking on the presenters at the workshop and one of them is Myrna Wood, who introduced the resolution to place a moratorium on areas close to IBA’s to Nature Canada, and which was subsequently passed unanimously. See:

    Just recently the project on Amherst (the whole island is an IBA) was given an OPA FIT contract. Talk about your kick to the stomach.

    It looks like the pro and con balance is even. Popcorn, anyone?

  9. “Sierra Club Chief admits to lobbying for business” , Mar.3,11

    “At the Wall Street Journal ECO’nomics conference today,Sierra Club Chief Carl Pope casually mentioned that the Sierra Club sits down with corporations having environmental regulatory problems and then uses its expertise in ‘Changing public policy’ to help the corporation solve its problems with government – a novel role for a non-profit organization that is supposed to be working in the public interest. Pope didn’t mention whether the Sierra Club is paid for its expertise; but perhaps some of its corporate donors could answer that question.”

    Is this reason Bennett was invited to speak?

  10. It’s conceivable that one could make the whole IWT issuue go away in any given area by making cash donations to the right group/groups with the right connections in high places.

  11. Pompous naturalists can’t see the forest for the IWTs, and the only way to beat them is to expose their hypocrisy and fraudulence.

    Silent springs will be here sooner than later – shame.

  12. See: Taking-forward-United Nations.pdf
    (h/t SDA-EBD)
    Bang for Bucks – UNESCO rating: POOR.
    They’ve received fair warning from the British government regarding lack of transparency, sooo we’ll keep our eyes on ICLEI/Project 21, and hope our Canadian feds follows suit – the crickets are chirping.

  13. Anyone who is a strong supporter (and not profiting) is greatly disillusioned in believing IWTs are something they are not and should put some effort into understanding power contribution to the grid better. Spending time and effort discussing the threat IWTs cause birds seems pointless considering that if Ontario did not have IWTs our economy would be better, our electricity would be cheaper and many people would be sleeping better. Not building IWTs is the only answer to protect birds from IWTs and should be part of their discussion.

  14. Jen, I hope you sent a copy of this to the Sierra Club.

    However, they’re likely pretty busy counting their money, all those grants and subsidies, you know. Whether they can find the time to read your passionate and thorough dressing down remains to be seen.

  15. The present world environmental movement is based on ideology and not on science. So it’s ok for environmentalists to do anything they want as long as it fits into their present agenda plans for the sustainability of planet earth.

    It dosen’t matter how much disruption and pain this will cause to people who don’t subscribe to their sustainability beliefs.

  16. There is nothing the Sierra Club could ever do fo the sustainability of the planet.
    India..1.5 Billion people , Africa 1 Billion , USSR 238 Million..just to make my point.
    Canada 38 Million..the size of Tokyo and it’s suburbs.
    It’s about Carbon as a commodity , alreday a 3 Trillion dollar market..for thin air and for profit energy….they are not sqeeky clean to be sure.
    Gotta fire all the Liberals , the go after the civil servants that have been greased and start fresh.

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