Southern Ontario Tundra Swan Spring Migration through wind projects

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The Tundra Swans are currently passing through on their  annual spring migration.  The idea is to create a photo diary to illustrate this amazing journey of these birds as they rest and  forage on the shores of Lake Erie  before  moving onto their summer nesting grounds in the high Arctic.CTV News

ctvswansSeveral large wind projects are also currently under construction along the shores of Lake Erie in 2013. Cumulative environmental impacts and  complete information about the Tundra Swans was noted to be lacking in the Natural Heritage reports of the wind projects at recent Environmental Review Tribunals.

Written Observations from Residents in Wind Turbine areas:

Haldimand cty ON: NRWC Haldimand project – On March 10 to Thursday March 14 the number of swans were in the hundreds to approx. thousands. They came in every morning and stayed until close to dusk. They filled the empty fields behind my home and they were beautiful. On Tuesday March 19 when I came home from coffee break there were about 75-100 again, but they were closer to Comfort road. Yesterday on my way home on Hutchinson road between #3 highway and Marshagan Road again I saw between 50-100 swans in an empty field. This is within close proximity to where they will be putting these 3mw industrial turbines. These swans have been coming thru here since I moved here in 2010 and probably for many years before. Now what will they do??

Blue Point, ON – March 23 – There are approximately 70 tundra swans settled in Blue Point Bay today. In past years there were regularly 100+ swans off Blue Point but I can’t get round there to make a count this afternoon. Our area is a summer home for large owls, blue herons, and at least one eagle.

Rondeau, ON
Back in 2008, Ken Bell made a video of the tundra swans migrating (it is pretty good, except for the part where he says the turbines could go offshore or farther inland!!!). I asked him what he was seeing now that the turbines are up (but not yet functional… I think the turning turbines will have a bigger impact than when they are stationary )… he replied…
“I noted this year the absence of tundra swan roosting in the field from my video. Like in 2008, the field was sown with winter wheat, which the swans nibble on when roosting. So the basic conditions, an average winter, winter wheat on the fields and iceing of Rondeau Bay were all similar, except for the presence of turbines.”

Additional info:
IPC/Suez International Power
100 MW
Erieau/Blenheim Wind Project
towers are up, but not yet functional

Wainfleet, ON: I work in Wainfleet on Sugarloaf st. and a few flocks flew over the school today.  Then on my way home there were hundreds of them, mixed with Egrets, Mallards and Canada Geese who had landed in a field at the corner of Burkett (Side Rd 30) and Concession 1. (Long Beach area)  If someone goes out there in the morning they could get probably get photos.   Then driving along the feeder canal, on  Canal banks road in Dunnville, we saw a flock flying overhead with all those, Low Banks Windmills behind them.  (Dang, wish I had my Camera!).

-Just got home and a flock of them flew over our house, We live on the Grand River Midway between Dunnville and Cayuga, 10 mins away from Lake Erie.

Hagersville, ON:- Observed 15 Tundra Swans, flying in formation, at 12:15pm today (Mar. 11/13) heading in a northwesterly direction from Rainham Twnshp into South Cayuga Twnshp between Sutor and Wilson Roads toward Hwy #20. No time to run & get a camera. Flight path would take them within meters of Samsung IWT #17!

-25-30 Tundra Swans fly over my house in South Cayuga at 11:30am today March 11, 2013.   Flew from Lake Erie direction (south-west) to north-east direction over Haldimand Rd 50.

Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera out with me this morning on my trip to Hagersville from South Cayuga area (approx. 10:30am).  I was traveling west on Indian Line(Hwy#20) – just past Kohler Rd. when I saw two separate flocks of tundra swans fly overhead, heading south towards Lake Erie.  One small group was 4 and only about 50 feet from the other flock which was approx. 12-16.  Once my trip to Hagersville was over I headed back to South Cayuga(east), around 11:30am,  I saw two other separate flocks flying overhead again in the same area.  Each of these two groups were within a few minutes of each other while I traveled east on Indian Line (Hwy#20) and consisted of approx. 15-25 swans.

Ridgetown, ON: The first large wave of migrating Tundra Swans went through the Talbot Wind project (43 turbines, 100 MW) owned by Enbridge/RES on the morning of March 7, 2013. Between 9 AM and noon approximately 300 swans flew past the northern most tier of turbines in this project (three large flocks of 60 to 100 birds, and then several smaller flocks). They were heading north into a north wind. Glad to see that these made it through the project. I worry about the ones I hear flying at night and in the fog.

Lambton Shores, ON: March 11, 2013 – We witnessed hundreds of them this afternoon on the bog land south of Greenway Rd; just off hwy#21. Proposed Nextera Jericho project (92 turbines).

Kerwood, ON: March 11, 2013 4:00pm – 140 tundra swans overhead flying north west. Proposed Nextera Adelaide project (38 turbines), wpd Napier Project (2 turbines), Suncor Adelaide project (22 turbines).

Port Ryerse, ON: Sunday  March 10, 2013 between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, on the Radical Road which is just north of the Port Ryerse proposed wind turbine project. During this time hundreds of the Tundra Swans and other geese were flying over  traveling north from the Port Ryerse area.

Parkhill/Grand Bend, ON
On January 22, 2013 I spotted  an eagle cruising over the Parkhill dam. Not in the Bornish project but are in the area.  On March 5, 2013 I watched another eagle on 21 highway north of Grand Bend. This one was in the Northland Power project area.
March 9th, fifty or so tundra swans flew over my house. Turbine 23 of the Bornish Nextera wind project would be directly in their flight path.

Nanticoke, ON: As of note Tuesday the 5th of March 2013 where 24 Tundra Swans on the lake just off the docks’ as well on our way along the South Coast Rd and Brooklin Rd we spotted 17 Tundra Swans. The last location also noted that a number of Swans were at that location on Jan.5 2013 as recorded on the Fisherville Cristmas bird count.

Haldimand, ON: In the last 3 weeks our bay has had 50-70 at a time. Now (March 4th) only 3. If I see more I will take pics.We will be in front of Turbine 48-50 (you know, where the eagles nest used to be). Nexterror are the idiots in this location.

Lowbanks, ON (near the corner of Hutchinson Road and Northshore Drive)
Today my 2 year old daughter and I were lucky to be able to witness the magnificent Tundra Swans migrating through Lake Erie. We are lucky to live along the lake and there was a very large flock of them in the water. We live in an area where more than 12 IWT’s will be installed along the Lakeshore within 2km of the coast. The Turbines being proposed for this area are the largest EVER built in North America. It makes me sad to think that as my daughter grows, she will not be able to witness this beautiful bird in our area.
Project: NRWC
Time of Day: 2:30pm – 4pm
Date: March 4, 2013

-Today I took my 2 year old daughter towards a large area where the Tundra Swans were sighted. It was amazing, there was too many of them to count. Unfortunately the area where they were sighted will be invaded by Turbines if the NRWC project gets approved. I honestly don’t see how they will even be able to come back to this area at all if the turbines go in….it is very sad.
Location: Past Hwy 3 on Hutchinson Road – Haldimand Ontario
Turbine Project: NRWC
Turbines to be in proximity (2km): #82, 19, 91, 11, 12, 13, 41, 72

Harrow, ON: Saw  the tundra swans for the first time on March 3.  A few dozen landed at the far north end of the field they normally forage from. The number of birds is distinctly down in number from the usual flock that forages in this area.  They appear to be keeping their distance from the turbines to the south of this field.
Project Name:  AIM Harrow Wind Farm
Project Developer:  IPC/GDF Suez
Turbine number or site:  24
Date & Time of day: March 3, 1:oo pm

Port Dover ON (East Quarter Line Road): March 03, 2013 I’ve witnessed the Tundra/Whistler Swans using this location for decades. In previous years they could be observed much closer to the road but I’m sure the current construction has pushed them far back to the tree line. Tundra swans are a large finicky bird that require this location for resting and feeding before continuing their long migration north. What a shame that this location has to be used for these monstrous wind turbines. What a shame local taxpayers and council have no input in this matter. Is Ontario ruled by a dictatorship? Is this what it has come down to? Shame on Dalton McGuinty and his ruling liberal party for forcing this upon all those who oppose, especially considering they are the majority. So much for majority rules!

Jarvis, ON:  Saw my fist flock of swans this year on Feb 28 about 3:30. They fly right over our farm in Haldimand. There was about 10 – 15 of them. We are across the road from a turbine from Nextera Summer Haven project.
Nextera – Turbine 14 ( not up yet) on Concession 6 in Jarvis

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Yesterday (March 17th) we saw a very large flock of Tundra Swans (well over 100 birds) while we were driving on Hwy 3.  More specifically the birds were in two separate but close fields on the north side of Highway 3 west of Jarvis (actually just west of the intersection of the road to Townsend).  The birds were there at 3pm and again at about 7:20pm.

Unfortunately, and I sincerely mean unfortunately, there is a large industrial complex of wind turbines being constructed on the south side of Hwy 3 between Cayuga and Jarvis.

A second interesting observation is that although there are many wind turbines fully erected, there are no functioning lights on any of them which, in my opinion, is a serious danger to any small aircraft operating in that area particularly during darkness when the wind turbines are virtually invisible.

Clear Creek, ON:  Since the 18 1.65 MW Vestas in the Clear Creek/Cultus/Frogmore IWT ZONE started generating, mid 2008, there have been 0, NO, Tundra Swans roosting in the Big Creek Marsh and feeding in the corn or soybean fields either fall or spring migration where ONCE there were 10 000s of them. Some people may still report that they see “some” Tundra Swans, but a half dozen swans doesn’t represent the huge migrating flocks that once were.

Please help to illustrate this timeless wonder of nature as the birds pass through using  globally significant migratory pathways as they cross the Great Lakes.   It is time to document where, when and how many you see. Please submit any photos or other items of interest about the spring migration for 2013 here: onwindresist@gmail.com

Note:
– Project Name
– Project Developer
– Turbine number or site
– Infrastructure location
– Date & Time of day 

Photos documenting other wildlife and their interactions with the wind projects and those under construction will also be reviewed for posting and are welcomed.

Let us show the Ministry of the Environment what was missed in the documents for the Renewable Energy Approvals already granted.  Our snow birds, the Tundra Swans are a treasure for all  and for the generations yet to be.

Environmental Review Tribunal on Tundra Swans:
Nextera Summerhaven ERT Decision
Samsung ERT decision
Capital Power ERT Decision

[10] The Tribunal finds that Mr. Slaman has raised a number of significant concerns with respect to baseline studies and ongoing monitoring requirements of the Project’s impact on tundra swans and their habitat. The Tribunal therefore makes recommendations for the consideration of the Director and the Approval Holder on these points. (page 4, 1st paragraph 1)

[107] The Tribunal adopts the finding in Erickson v. Director (Ministry of the Environment), [2011] O.E.R.T.D. No. 29 that the evidence must meet the civil standard of proof, in that “will cause” should be proven to the standard of “more likely than not”. (page 23; paragraph 6)

[111] In addressing the grounds of Mr. Slaman’s appeal, the Tribunal first notes that the test the Appellants must satisfy under s. 145.2.1(2) of the EPA is not whether there are inadequacies in the surveys and assessments submitted by the Approval Holder in support of its application for the REA. The test is whether engaging in the Project in accordance with the REA will result in serious and irreversible harm. However, inadequacies in surveys and assessments may be a relevant consideration in evaluating whether the test has been met. (page 25; paragraph 2)

[126] The Tribunal is compelled to note that it nonetheless has outstanding concerns in this case as a result of the unique migration characteristics of the tundra swan, and the REA’s restricted mortality monitoring window. The REA requires three years of post-construction collision mortality monitoring between May 1 and October 31 only, thus outside the period when tundra swans are present during spring migration. Tundra swan deaths, should there be any during the spring migration, will not be observed, and the species will therefore not benefit from the mortality thresholds outlined in the Bird Guideline……(page 28; paragraph 4)

[140] Dr. Petrie further stated that, if only a few turbines were constructed along the north shore of Lake Erie, then he would certainly agree that all the other fields would be available for foraging. However, he asserted that, in the area from Port Dover to the Grand River, there are a lot of fields closely associated with wetlands that will have wind turbines. He also asserted that, although he could not state there would be major cumulative effects, no one could state that there would not be. In response to a further question posed by Ms. Harris, Dr. Petrie agreed that he did not know what percentage of fields are being used for wind turbines for other wind farm projects in the area, but he noted that this information could be obtained. (page 31,32; paragraph last and 1st)

[141] Dr. Petrie also expressed concern regarding the barrier effect of placing what he described as a gauntlet of wind turbines between the tundra swans’ roosting and foraging areas. In this regard, the Tribunal notes that behavioural studies, recommended in the Environment Canada-Canadian Wildlife Service (“EC-CWS”) guidance document for Monitoring Protocols, were not conducted in this case. Section 8.2 of the Environment Canada EA Guide, entitled “Additional information required to deal with particular factors of concern”, requires a behavioural study to be undertaken. This is relevant to the Tribunal’s analysis of Capital Power’s EIS with respect to tundra swans. Section 8.2 notes:

(I)f large concentrations of birds occur nearby, either staging or on migration, then surveys should be undertaken to understand the behaviour of the birds, and whether they are likely to be put at risk by the turbines. Such studies need to be undertaken at the appropriate time of year when the bird concentrations are present. These studies should determine how many birds move through the proposed sites of the turbines (e.g., between breeding and feeding locations) and how frequently. Are the birds likely to fly through the site if they are disturbed? At what height are the birds moving through? How close are the proposed turbine sites to important feeding or staging locations, and are these likely to be disrupted by construction?

[142] Behavioural studies would appear to be relevant in the case of the tundra swan, which roosts on Lake Erie, and flies inland to agricultural fields to forage. An article entitled “Poor evidence-base for assessment of windfarm impacts on birds” published on-line February 14, 2007, by G. Stewart, A. Pullin, and C. Coles, notes, at p. 9, that “there is potential for long turbine strings to disrupt ecological links by displacing birds moving between feeding, breeding and roosting areas (page 32)

[168] However, as the Tribunal has already noted, the test the Appellants must satisfy under s. 145.2.1(2) of the EPA is not whether there are inadequacies in the surveys and assessments submitted by the Approval Holder in support of its application for the REA. The test is whether engaging in the Project in accordance with the REA will result in serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment. In proceeding with its analysis in light of the above described evidentiary limitations and scientific uncertainty, the Tribunal adopts an approach that agricultural fields located in the Project area that provide foraging habitat can be important habitat for tundra swans, irrespective of whether they qualify as SWH under the Guides. It should be noted that

the statutory test is not confined to harm to SWH. Rather, it covers serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment. Therefore, the Tribunal will consider whether impacts to such foraging habitat will cause serious and irreversible harm to tundra swans (i.e., animal life) or the natural environment. (page 37,38; last and 1st paragraph)

[171] In weighing this contradictory evidence, the Tribunal acknowledges Dr. Petrie’s concerns that avoidance of foraging habitat due to wind turbine disturbance, and related cumulative impacts, may occur. Further research is needed to evaluate whether these concerns are well-founded. However, these concerns must be considered in the context that tundra swans are adept and adaptable foragers.

(page 39; paragraph 2)

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Evidence Points:

[28] Tundra swans spend 52% of their life cycle in staging areas. In Migration chronology of Eastern tundra swans, cited above, the authors note at p.869 that “conservation of staging habitats is critical, as EP tundra swans spend half of their life migrating between Atlantic-coast wintering areas and Arctic breeding are (page 8; paragraph 4)

[36] In Dr. Petrie’s testimony, he referred to a scientific study in Denmark involving Bewick’s swans, which were feeding in agricultural fields in great numbers. Researchers found that, when turbines were placed in those fields, the swans’ use of the fields dropped to almost zero. Dr. Petrie stated that this was tantamount to habitat loss. The study led to the following recommendations (the “Danish recommendations”):

i. Do not place turbines within 1 km of significant staging or roosting wetlands,

ii. Do not place turbines in important migration corridors, and

iii. Do not place turbines in fields used by foraging waterfowl. (page 9,10; paragraph last and first)

[38] In this case, Dr. Petrie testified that Capital Power is proposing to build turbines adjacent to continentally significant habitat, which Canada has an international obligation to protect under the International Migratory Bird Treaty.

(page 10; paragraph 4)

[41] Dr. Petrie also expressed his view that the NHA is severely lacking in scientific rigour, was not based on biological principles, and did not use the best available science or data in Canada or Europe.

(page 10; last paragraph)

[57] Ms. Kopysh testified that, from existing data for operating facilities, bird mortality from the Project is expected to be low. The monitoring results are submitted to the MNR annually, unless there is a species-at-risk (“SAR”) fatality, or the number of birds or bats that die from collisions exceeds the mortality thresholds set out in the Bird Guideline. In either of those cases, the results are reported to the MNR immediately. She asserts that the larger concern is in respect of effects on habitat, which are generally avoided through the siting of the Project, e.g. siting the Project in agricultural fields to avoid habitat fragmentation (page 14; second last paragraph)

[64] With respect to the qualifications of the individuals who conducted the bird counts, Ms. Kopysh testified they are all qualified, based on what Stantec considers to be the appropriate level of qualification. She stated that there are no certification standards in effect. (page 16; second paragraph)

[67] Ms. Kopysh acknowledged that the flight height for tundra swans is 25-80 m, which is turbine blade height. (page 16; 4th paragraph)

[72] Mr. Pelletier testified that, while there will be some mortality of resident and migratory species of birds as a result of this Project, he does not believe it will rise to the level of serious and irreversible harm to bird populations. Mr. Pelletier stated that bird mortality as a result of wind energy must be considered in the context of a broader perspective, and that it pales in comparison to other causes of mortality, such as collisions with buildings and predation by domestic cats. His witness statement notes that wind turbine mortality is estimated to contribute less than 0.01% of the annual estimated anthropogenic avian mortality. He testified that studies show that wind projects, when compared to other forms of energy production, are the least harmful to wildlife, including birds.

(page 17; paragraph 4)

[78] Although the risk to individual species is low, Mr. Pelletier agreed that the cumulative effect of all the proposed projects along the Lake Erie shoreline “bears monitoring”. The basis for post-construction monitoring, he stated, is to understand if there is a significant level of mortality. He stated that the May 1 – October 31 monitoring required in Ontario may be appropriate to broaden, as more is learned over time. He also noted that it is important that post-construction monitoring use the same methods and metrics as researchers. (page 18; paragraph 4)

[86] Ms. Riddell agreed with Mr. Slaman that the Eco-region criteria note that the local population should be consulted about the presence of species. Ms. Riddell noted, however, that the MNR reviews only the NHA/EIS. (page 19; last paragpragh)

[94] Ms. McGuiness notes that “to date, there has been no recorded tundra swan mortality at any Ontario or Canadian wind power project.” Ms. McGuiness testified that, according to the research she has done, pre-construction bird activity monitoring is not successful in predicting post-construction mortality. Rather, site-specific factors are more critical than bird activity. (page 21; paragraph 3)

[95]…..

Ms. McGuiness also referred to European studies which involved radar monitoring, and show that geese avoided offshore wind farms. (page 21; paragraph 4)

[99] Ms. McGuiness testified that indirect effects in the Bird Guideline include habitat disturbance and avoidance. Section 1.1 of the Bird Guideline focuses on habitat. Ms. McGuiness acknowledges that some key knowledge gaps remain (page 22; paragraph 3)

[102] Ms. McGuiness testified that the regulatory approval process allows the government to predict cumulative effects. She also stated that the MNR is looking at cumulative effects through information provided to the Database. She explained the intent of the Database is to enable a study of cumulative effects across the landscape, noting that broader information from multiple projects is required to understand what the cumulative effects will be. She expressed her opinion that, based on Environment Canada information and extrapolating current mortality numbers into the future, there will be no serious and irreversible harm to bird populations, as the result of cumulative effects of wind turbine operations. (page 22,23; last and 1st paragraphs)

32 thoughts on “Southern Ontario Tundra Swan Spring Migration through wind projects

  1. Stopped to ask a couple of people what they were doing on Elginfield Rd yesterday. Bird count – working for NextEra.
    Anyone living near turbines might want to watch for dead birds.

    • I saw a white swan appeared to be disoriented standing in the middle of the road near the wind turbines in Norfolk County today.

  2. Didn’t the MNR used to study bird habitats “back in the day”?…………..so now it’s up to the public to document these fly ways?…………………..of course my next question is: why are OUR tax dollars supporting a Ministry that isn’t working?
    Hmmm………….same can be said of the MOE………..can you imagine if both these money sucking parasitic sink holes be closed down?……………and while we’re at it, why not just dissolve the Provincial Government all together……………keep the Federal and the Municipal levels and eliminate all the Provincial idiots once and for all!

  3. @Biggreenlie,
    I agree, get rid of the idiots. Unfortunately, here in Norfolk County the municipal level isn’t too bright as well, and, lacks in integrity.
    Regarding the studies: there are many credible studies funded by the government conducted over the years prior to industrial wind development in Ontario. Public participation has been and is still often a component in recording stats. “If” the government and wind companies reviewed these studies prior to development, they were obviously disregarded. Both parties have been negligent in not providing due diligence to the residents of Norfolk county.
    Now, Nextera is funding a study. These guys have more than proven themselves as liars and frauds; I expect, as one would expect, the results of these studies will be nothing but bs; another biased document containing skewed information. The company and government in their attempt to appear diligent, are as usual, keeping the people of Ontario running in circles as the fat cats continue to build their empires.
    Another point I will mention: the fact that the major North American flyway route runs through Long Point, a UNESCO world class biosphere reserve, didn’t mean jack to those involved in the assault of Ontario with their renewable energy scam.
    Sooner than later the people of Ontario will wake up. Perhaps a period of civil unrest for Ontario in the not so far future may be expected. It is unfortunate that it may come to this action to set the people and government of Ontario back on track-one of ethics, values and integrity.
    SHAME on the government and business of Ontario for destroying our province; and shame on the people of Ontario for allowing this to happen.

  4. Norfolk – Wake Up!
    Corrupt thinking @ the local level of government?!!!!
    You be the judge.

    Of particular importance:
    – the true meaning of ‘a natural person’ – a live human being
    re: the new municipal authority – with the same rights
    Really?

    View Proposed New Water By-Law.

    TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of The Corporation of Norfolk County intends to adopt the Proposed New Water By-Law at its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 following the deliberations of Council-In-Committee.
    http://www.norfolkcounty.ca/public-notices/notice-of-intention-to-consider-new-water-by-law/

    WHEREAS
    Section 5 and 9
    of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25, as amended,
    provide that the powers of the Municipal Council shall be exercised by by-law, unless the
    municipality is specifically authorized to do otherwise
    and that the municipality has
    capacity, rights, powers and privileges of
    a natural person
    of exercising its authority;
    http://www.norfolkcounty.ca/download/public-notices/New%20Water%20By-law%20-%20DRAFT%20FOR%20PUBLIC%20COMMENT.pdf

    Stop the insanity!
    @ the local level of government.

    • Wake up! This is a blitz!

      BY-LAW NO. 2013-DRAFT
      OF
      The Corporation of Norfolk County

      RESPECTING THE SUPPLY OF WATER, THE MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF THE WATERWORKS SYSTEM WITHIN THE CORPORATION OF NORFOLK COUNTY.

      [excerpt]
      page 13
      6.0 PROHIBITIONS
      6.1 Prohibitions under this by-law
      No Person shall:
      (c) being a customer, tenant, occupant or inmate of any house, building or other place supplied with water from the waterworks, improperly waste the water or, without the consent of the County, lend, sell, or dispose of water, give it away, permit it to be taken or carried away, use or apply it to the use or benefit of another person, or for any use or benefit other than his own such use; or increase the supply of water agreed upon;

      page 14
      7.0 ENFORCEMENT
      7.1 Fine for Contravention
      Any person who contravenes any provision of this by-law is, upon conviction, guilty of an offence and is liable to any penalty as provided in the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O 1990, as amended.

      I pray I go quietly, in my sleep…

      • It’s just Agenda 21 at work — trampling your rights. You were expecting this were you not?

        Along with loss of privacy and regulating how much energy you can have and how you may use it — it is just the beginning…

  5. 2013 will be the year they go after OUR WATER!…………….They’ve already got control of our AIR (Turbines), and now it’s OUR water rights!………………time to shut this down immediately!…………it starts inside Council Chambers…………..here in the Madawaska Valley we are going head to head with our idiots and will not stop until this deal is stopped!

    • The ENGOs plan has been to go after the water when renewable energy issues were taken care of. this has already begun is some places like San Francisco with the “green” sewers. Other places it has been low flush toilets and “green” toilets which has already begun in the GTA.

      • Ontario has a water shortage — right? That’s why the are putting in the those awful smelly urinals in the Go Stations…

        Do we have any fresh water in Ontario? Do we need to conserve? Are we near the end of the supply? Just askin’

  6. Every year we have hundreds and thousands of tundra swans in the Port Rowan area. I don’t know what this talk is of seeing zero. I can hear them calling to each other in the bay, all night.

    • Seems like the tundra swans never get tired of talking to one another. Day and night!
      The mute swans of course are quiet.

    • Thanks for your perspective, Catharine.

      Do you perceive any problems with the wind turbines near Port Rowan/Clear Creek?

  7. “Mr. Pelletier stated that bird mortality as a result of wind energy must be considered in the context of a broader perspective, and that it pales in comparison to other causes of mortality, such as collisions with buildings and predation by domestic cats.”
    I had no idea domestic cats could catch and kill Tundra swans. Maybe Mr.Pelletier is referring to the larger group of felines…lions and tigers(and bears)…oh my!

    • Maybe the cat bird kill numbers are only based on computer modeling and not actual field studies?
      Even the pair of eagles that live near me don’t go after the swans. Swans can get nasty if bothered.

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  9. tundra swans settle across the road from us every spring to feed…plympton township lambton county

  10. Ontario County Councils’ Must Declare a Moratorium on Industrial Wind Turbines

    Disturbingly none of the County Councils in Ontario stood up for the people of this Province by stopping the life changing and destructive implementation of the Industrial Wind Turbines for tens of thousands of Ontarians. They only called for moratoriums. They should have declared a moratorium.

    If the County Councils would have acted in the interest of the people, at this point in time, the IWT/ human rights/democracy issues would be in the safe hands of the Supreme Court of Canada, clear of the provincial political and corporate collusions and the accommodating provincial courts.

    Billions of dollars would have been saved by now and many ten’s of billions in the future. Germany is talking about $1 Trillion Euro green energy subsidy cost by 2030 which they realize now is unsustainable. Spain, near bankruptcy, is trying to recall its green energy subsidy even retroactively. Ontario faces the same serious financial problem.

    The massive uncontrolled implementation of IWTs in southern Ontario (6500 turbines if completed) must be the greatest political, financial and engineering plunder in Canadian history. It is a crime against the very basic principle of human rights’ – safety, health and security.

    We lost our democracy. We lost our financial freedom. We lost/loose our habitat to forests of Industrial Wind Turbines. 6500 IWTs can never work connected directly to the electrical grid due to serious/fatal grid instability. There are many difficulties now with only some 1000 turbines in service.*

    Only some municipal councils like Plympton-Wyoming had the foresight, intelligence and courage to stand up against the destructive and undemocratic Provincial Green Energy Act. They are true democratic leaders. Plympton-Wyoming has a turbine setback of 2 km. They also require a $200,000 security deposit for each turbine. (300 ITWs are planned for Lambton County.) Australia is considering a 3km set back to mitigate health concerns.

    Suncor is taking legal action against the municipal bylaw’s safer 2km setback for their unsafe 550m setback. Suncor must not be concerned about our health, the destruction of our human habitat or property values. There is no need for more scientific research. There are masses of real scientist out there: these are the victims of Turbine stress syndrome.

    P-W Councilor Ron Shenk put forward an important question “When the Provincial Government takes away your planning rights, what next?” The answer is fascism. It is obvious the McGuinty government was unable to work within a democratic system. As soon as they had a minority and a legal challenge, they ran. They fled in the face of the enemy – JUSTICE.

    I am a PROPONENT of renewable/sustainable energies. I am an OPONENT of their technically wrong and destructive implementation.

    F.Y.I The Town of Falmouth in Cape Cod is considering taking down their two IWTs because of health and noise issues and their five selectmen have unanimously voted to remove them. The matter will go to a town meeting vote in April. The wind turbines were built in 2010 at a cost of $10 million. The estimated cost for removal is $5 to $15 million. These costs must be a wakeup call for all municipalities in Ontario. The advice of their Town Manager to other communities: “move cautiously, communicate well, have extreme public dialogue and listen well”. Fox News 2/26/2013

    *The Independent Electrical System Operator (IESO) statement filed with the Ontario Energy Board: IWTs power is highly compromising the grid and likely not feasible. The Star 2/26/2013 under Surplus Wind Power………..

    Fred Seidl, Pylmpton-Wyoming

  11. ( Not a Swan story but…) From our first year in the community of Ripley , 1989 until 2006 ( less in 2007) we witnessed nature fly by in the form of flock after flock of Canadian geese. The children would say the “honkers are coming” and run outside to watch,amazed every spring and fall. The strong visual was the beginning of many conversations about nature, patterns in nature, seasons and other animals we shared this earth with.
    As the turbines were up but not running the flock numbers were reduced. The spring of 2008 I watched in Kincardine as the flocks go off shore and then back in land but not throught the turbine site. The “honker” flocks did not return to travel up and down this route.

  12. the next question that always comes up after all the research and documentation PROVES these Industrial Turbines are wrong is “well, then why would the Government continue to go down that destructive path against all the evidence that what they are doing is just plain wrong”???
    The only answer left, other than they have signed a contract with the devil is that the Provincial Governments true motive is to make Rural Ontario virtually UNINHABITABLE for human beings and by forcing all Ontarians off their valuable lands and farms, then the only on left to “manage” those lands would be ……..THE GOVERNMENT/INDUSTRY that forced these monstrosities on the “human settlements”!!!!!
    That, in a nutshell is the end game here. That, is what is called a WAR! That, is what is called TREASON! There is no right or wrong here.It is all WRONG!
    Now that we have reached this point in our struggles to “save our very homes” from our very own publicly paid elected officials, it’s time to start charging every single MPP with “treasonous behaviour bordering on assault to cause bodily harm”!
    To act in this way one can be described as a “Traitor” and here is the definition of a Traitor, see if it fits:
    “the word “traitor” may also be used to describe a person who betrays (or is accused of betraying) their own political party, nation, family, friends, ethnic group, team, religion, social class, or other group to which they may belong.”

    • February 24 – 2010
      Suitable for framing…………………

      ‘[excerpt] Four — we are pulling every advantage out of our Green Energy Act.

      Al Gore said that Ontario’s Green Energy Act is: “Widely recognized as the single best green energy program on the North American continent.”‘
      http://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2010/02/premiers-remarks-to-the-rural-ontario-municipal-association-and-the-ontario-good-roads-association.html

      Special 0.99
      Book salesman – Al Gore
      http://www.jeopardy.com/news/algore.php

      Group Scream!

    • Hey Ontario!

      Unions and environment groups join ranks to challenge Hudak’s attack on Ontario energy legislation
      OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ – Environmental groups, a provincial labour federation and six national unions representing close to 1 million workers in Ontario have released a statement challenging Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak’s attack on Ontario’s Green Energy and Economy Act.

      The statement, signed by the Canadian Auto Workers, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Climate Action Network, Green Communities Canada, National Union of Public General Employees, Ontario Federation of Labour, Polaris Institute, Public Service Alliance of Canada and the United Steel Workers, is intended to let Mr. Hudak know organized labour and environmental groups are greatly concerned if Mr. Hudak is elected and kills the legislation, that Ontario would be taking a giant step backward.

      The joint statement asserts that “Mr. Hudak’s recent attacks, which appear to be aimed at killing this legislation, are irresponsible,” and that the “Green Energy & Economy Act is one important step forward in building a fair and sustainable future.” The groups also emphasize that improvements are needed saying: “if this Act is to serve in making an effective and smooth transition to a green economy future, then a much higher percentage of public and community ownership is required.”

      The signatories are all members of the Green Economy Network.
      http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/844684/unions-and-environment-groups-join-ranks-to-challenge-hudak-s-attack-on-ontario-energy-legislation

    • 10.3. Overall impact
      NAFTA and GATS mean that any efforts by provincial authorities to plan the electricity system,
      for example by ensuring that supply and demand balance, cannot be effective.
      Under GATS and NAFTA reforms are irreversible and if the reforms fail,
      it will be impossible for the provincial government to take control of the sector again and re-introduce a planned approach.

      If ‘merchant plants’ are built, trade agreements will mean that the Ontario Power Authority
      cannot assume that plant sited in Ontario will be available to Ontario.
      If the price of power is higher in connected markets,
      there will be no way to prevent such plants exporting their output,
      so even though there might nominally be enough capacity in Ontario,
      there can be no guarantee it will be available for Ontario. If as seems likely,
      no new merchant plants are built and the market is dominated by plants contracted to the Ontario Power Authority,
      these will be likely to be available to Ontario,
      although the existing hydro and nuclear plants may choose not to be contracted and ‘play’ the market.
      At best, this would lead to very high prices as and at worst, power shortages.
      http://www.psiru.org/reports/2004-08-E-Ontario.pdf

      Attention:
      There’s a creep – following me……………….
      ‘[excerpt] To balance the study, a group of people who don’t live anywhere near turbines will be included. Bigelow said the team ideally hopes to study people in areas where turbines are planned, then follow up with them after the turbines are up and running. “Those people we really want to follow up with.”‘
      http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2012/03/04/wind-turbine-health-study-starting-up

  13. Observed 15 Tundra Swans, flying in formation, at 12:15pm today (Mar. 11/13) heading in a northwesterly direction from Rainham Twnshp into South Cayuga Twnshp between Sutor and Wilson Roads toward Hwy #20. No time to run & get a camera. Flight path would take them within meters of Samsung IWT #17!

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