Energy company removes bald eagle nest to make way for wind turbine in Haldimand County

Picture 017By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press
A subsidiary of an American energy company has chainsawed a bald eagle nest to make way for a wind turbine with the blessing of Ontario bureaucrats, The Free Press has learned. NextEra Energy Canada took down the nest Saturday in Haldimand County as horrified onlookers snapped photographs — the incident already has drawn outrage from environmentalists in Ontario and even in the United States.

Onlookers claim that no one with Ontario’s natural resources ministry, which approved the nest removal, even bothered to show up to insure it was done properly. “This issue has people infuriated, and rightly so,” said Esther Wrightman, a wind farm opponent.

Also weighing in was Tom Wasilewski, co-ordinator of an eagle conservation association in the Northwestern Pennsylvania: “The Ontario government continues to blindly accept inaccurate information from wind companies as the truth without providing an investment in truly independent, scientific studies of bird, bat, butterfly migration before and after these projects are built.” His comments and photographs of the nest removal appear on the website http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/.

The Ministry of Natural Resources approved the nest removal Dec. 31 without input from the public and posted notice of the removal Friday —just one day before the next was removed. Read article

6 thoughts on “Energy company removes bald eagle nest to make way for wind turbine in Haldimand County

  1. Many humans consider animals, birds and trees to be “natural resources” created to be exploited, harvested, destroyed to meet greedy human ends, Those who think the removal of this magnificent nest is OK will surely not mind having their homes expropriated in the name of saving the planet. And when they come to destroy your home, be wise enough to fly away.

    The Ontario Liberal “government” is a disgrace.

  2. Migratory Bird Treaty Act
    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a Federal law that carries out the United States’ commitment to four international conventions with Canada, Japan, Mexico and Russia. Those conventions protect birds that migrate across international borders.

    The take of all migratory birds, including bald eagles, is governed by the Migratory Birds Treaty Act’s regulations. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) prohibits the taking, killing, possession, transportation, and importation of migratory birds, their eggs, parts, and nests except as authorized under a valid permit (50 CFR 21.11). Additionally, the MBTA authorizes and directs the Secretary of the Interior to determine if, and by what means, the take of migratory birds should be allowed and to adopt suitable regulations permitting and governing take (for example, hunting seasons for ducks and geese).

    Penalties under the MBTA include a maximum of two years imprisonment and $250,000 fine for a felony conviction and six months imprisonment or $5,000 fine for a misdemeanor conviction. Fines double if the violator is an organization rather than an individual.

    The MBTA and its implementing regulations provide authority for the conservation of bald eagles and protect against take if the Endangered Species Act protections are removed.

    • Did the MNR have a valid permit “50 CFR 21.11” under the MRTA? If not then they should be formally charged with a criminal offence along with every person from Nextera present at that site on Saturday!
      Pictures of those present could be used to identify the perpetrators.

    • As far as I know the Canadian federal government passed the enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty on to the individual provinces. So Ontario is in charge of matters pertaining to the Treaty for Ontario.
      So Ontario does not need federal permission regarding bird issues.

      • Probably correct…

        But it raises the issue if there is any way to deal with an apparent violation of the treaty — between the Feds and the Provs…

        Someone with time on their hands might well write the Federal Minister of the Environment. It need not be a long letter as the relevant article can be blogged — MA dug out the document…

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