“People have a lot of questions, and so do I” : Bird Studies Canada, Jody Allair

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[Excerpt] “Bald eagles have been known to have alternative nests within their territory,” Jolanta Kowalski, a spokesperson for the MNR, said Monday in an email. “Authorizing the removal of this nest will encourage these bald eagles to relocate farther away from these turbines while allowing the project to proceed as planned.”

This is not NextEra’s first experience with eagle-nest removal. Spokesperson Josie Hernandez says the company has removed eagle nests in Maine and Florida as well. Wildlife biologists have told NextEra that breeding pairs will rebuild without disruption to their breeding cycle if the nest is removed soon enough before spring.

“We understand some may be concerned about the removal of the nest and we share that concern,” Hernandez said. “However, after discussions with experts, we believe the action taken was absolutely in the best interests of the eagles and would significantly reduce the risk of harm coming to them.”

Jody Allair is a biologist with Bird Studies Canada in Port Rowan. He is the chief monitor of the bald eagle nesting program in southern Ontario. The MNR sought his opinion before issuing the removal permit.

Allair became aware of the nest last November. It is a new nest belonging to a young mating pair. Allair told the MNR that the nest should be left alone and the turbines relocated elsewhere. Allair only learned of the nest’s removal on Monday.

Allair said no one can predict with certainty whether this mating pair will skip a year due to habitat disruption. That, he says, remains to be seen. Allair’s email and voice mail is overflowing with outrage over the incident.

“I was very surprised and disappointed by the MNR’s unprecedented decision to remove this nest,” he said. “The bald eagle is no longer listed as endangered. But we have always afforded their nests some measure of protection. There are a lot of people really unhappy with this. People have a lot of questions, and so do I.” Read article

14 thoughts on ““People have a lot of questions, and so do I” : Bird Studies Canada, Jody Allair

  1. Seems obvious that best interest of the Eagles would be for turbines to not be built to endanger them, or force their relocation.

    People are next, eh?

    Seig Heil, turbines eber allis!

  2. Ok. Fine. I admit it.

    I pay Spencer to act like that in order to liven up the conversation. So what?

  3. So let me get this straight:

    The MNR asked Jody Allair, eagle specialist, for his opinion.

    The MNR didn’t like what Allair said, then proceeded to do the opposite.

    And MNR puppet Jolanta Kowalski, after being briefed by Josie Hernandez, “wildlife expert”,
    now gets to tell the public how well they have been looking after the best interests of these raptors.

    Yes indeed, the MNR is fast becoming a freak show run by McGuinty’s henchmen.

  4. “People are next”….hello! People are dying in Norfolk county due to exposure to low frequencies.
    “Under educated” is not the case. These people are ruthless, very sick criminals; brought into power by the people of Ontario!
    Hurt people-who cares? Kill an eagle, take down a tree; my God! It’s the end of the world. Something not right with our society….

    • They are no different in my eyes than the hit men hired by the mafia to maim or worse. Money has caused people to do some vile disgusting things in the past, but this example of blood money causing harm is so widespread, that it is mind-boggling.

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