“Voluntary” notice of permission from MNR to harm, harass & destroy Bobolink habitat

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EDP Renewables, permit for activities with conditions to achieve overall benefit to the species – ESA s.17(2)(c) — This notice was originally published on March 28, 2013.

Members of the public are invited to submit their written comments by April 29, 2013 by email to sar.kemptville@ontario.ca and quote ER number 011-8655 in the subject line.

Rationale for Exemption to Public Comment: This proposal is exempted by Ontario Regulation 681/94 under the Environmental Bill of Rights as a classified proposal for an instrument, because the species for which the permit is sought is an animal. The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is voluntarily posting this notice to advise the public of the proposal and to invite the public to submit written comments on this proposal to the contact person identified in this notice.

Description: EDP Renewables has submitted a proposal in relation to an overall benefit permit under clause 17(2)(c) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) with respect to Bobolink in order to construct a 30 megawatt wind farm near the community of Brinston, in the Geographic Townships of Edwardsburgh and Matilda, Ontario. Read more

Protesters say turbines will disrupt migratory patterns of swans near Grand Bend

SwansLondon Free Press
GRAND BEND – With thousands of tundra swans honking in the background, dozens of anti-wind protesters rallied Sunday against plans for giant turbines in the area. “These companies have no concerns for nature. It is just sad,” said Dave Griffiths of Bluewater Against Turbines citizens group.

The protesters harvested signatures from more than 50 carloads on a petition calling for a stop to plans to establish the wind farms in the area. The protesters maintain the turbines will disrupt the migratory patterns of the swans and other wildlife. NextEra Energy Canada, which is seeking government approval for the Goshen and Jericho wind farms, has said it will abide by any setbacks required to protect the swans. Read article

Wind turbine no-fly zone

Picture sent in from the morning of Saturday March 9th at NextEra’s 10th wind turbine to be constructed in Haldimand (Rd. 53 north of Selkirk.).

NextEra really needs to ‘mitigate’ that  hawk somehow, don’t they?Hawk Turbine Haldimand 109_v1 CR


MNR: Wind Turbines kill raptors… So, easy fix: chop down their nests

“However, biologists are also concerned that leaving the nest in this location may have led to adult eagles being killed or injured due to the proximity of the nest to wind turbines.”

Letter from Minister of Natural Resources:
Picture 004Thank you for your e-mail to my predecessor the Honourable Michael Gravelle about the removal of the bald eagles’ nest in Haldimand County.  I appreciate that you took the time to share your views, and I am pleased to respond.

Expanding clean and renewable sources of energy is key to the government’s plan to phase out coal-fired generation, mitigate climate change, create green jobs and support technological innovation in renewable energy.

The Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre, located in Haldimand County, is expected to produce enough energy for approximately 32,000 homes in Ontario.  This project is contributing to the development of clean renewable sources of energy so Ontarians will have a sustainable supply of power now and in the future. Continue reading

MNR considering permit for wind company to “adversely affect Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark and Eastern Whip-poor-will habitat”

Environmental Registry
SUBMIT COMMENT: Members of the public are invited to submit their written comments by April 3, 2013 by email to esa.ptbo@ontario.ca and quote ER number 011-8141 in the subject line.

Rationale for Exemption to Public Comment: This proposal is exempted by Ontario Regulation 681/94 under the Environmental Bill of Rights as a classified proposal for an instrument, because the species for which the permit is sought is an animal. The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is voluntarily posting this notice to advise the public of the proposal and to invite the public to submit written comments on this proposal to the contact person identified in this notice.

Description: WPD Canada Corporation has submitted a proposal in relation to an overall benefit permit under clause 17(2)(c) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) with respect to Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark and Eastern Whip-poor-will habitat in order to construct a 60-megawatt wind power facility on privately owned land in South Marysburgh Township, Prince Edward County.

Purpose of the notice: The purpose of this notice is to ensure that the public is made aware of, and given an opportunity to comment on, the overall benefit permit proposal for the construction of a 60-megawatt wind power facility on privately owned land in South Marysburgh Township, Prince Edward County. The proposed permit would be issued under clause 17(2)(c) of the ESA.

Decision: This notice will be updated when more information is available.

Other Information: The proposal to construct a 60-megawatt wind power facility has the potential to adversely affect Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark and Eastern Whip-poor-will habitat. The proposed permit conditions would provide benefits that exceed the adverse effects on Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark and Eastern Whip-poor-will habitat. Continue reading

Legal eagle deaths

A month after a pair of Bald Eagles had their nest removed by a Canadian energy company, wind farms in the USA will now be immune from prosecution if they inadvertently kill the raptors.

Last month a pair of Bald Eagles had their nest removed from Summerhaven Wind Project wind power site near Fisherville, Ontario, Canada. The location is ultimately projected to support 56 wind turbines and be operated by NextEra Energy Canada, the largest North American producer of wind and solar power. The nest was well within Ontario’s Natural Resources Ministry recommended “minimum setback of 800 m from a renewable energy project component to a Bald Eagle nest”, but despite this, on 4 January the ministry issued a permit for NextEra  to remove the nest and a large part of the nest tree the very next day. The company stated that removing the nest in the first days of January would allow the eagles time to seek an alternative location and “avoid disturbing them during their critical nesting period.”

While the Canadian incident may be a one-off, in the USA Bald and Golden Eagles have been shown to be at continued risk from being killed by wind energy projects, but in consequence the US Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed providing wind companies with extended and generous 30-year permits for the ‘programmatic take’ of eagles.

This is essentially a rule-loosening manoeuvre as, currently, the federal government allows renewable energy companies to get permits to avoid prosecution for the loss of a limited number of eagles as part of their normal operations – that is, through wind turbines and power lines –  if they also promise to offset the damage. Read article

Turbines vs Tundra Swans

turbines vs tundra swans Pictures and reports of tundra swans in turbine zones. Send yours to onwindresist@gmail.com .

Southern Ontario Tundra Swan Spring Migration through wind projects

Petition to Premier Wynne from the Friends of Tundra Swans – Please Sign Now and share!

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. Continue reading

Ontario’s off-shore wind turbine moratorium unresolved two years later

Development%20offshore%20wind%20park%20in%20the%20North%20Sea%20(Moniek%20Dotinga)John Spears, Toronto Star
Two years ago this month, with the 2011 election looming, the Ontario government imposed a moratorium on off-shore wind farms in the province to do “further scientific research.” Which raises the question: The moratorium is still in effect; where’s the research? And did it give off-shore wind farms a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down?

The answers are murky and far from settled. The moratorium has triggered a $2.25 billion lawsuit from one wind power developer, and the issue remains a live one for the new Liberal government under Premier Kathleen Wynne. Off-shore wind farms in the Great Lakes could be a prized asset, since winds over the lakes are often stronger and steadier than on land. But they bring fierce resistance — as a proposal to plant a string of turbines off the Scarborough Bluffs in 2008 showed.

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources has published three reports on the impact of off-shore wind farms since the moratorium began. One looked at the impact of turbines on coastlines, lakebeds, waves and other physical features. Two others looked at the impact on fish and impact on fish. But the reports aren’t conclusive. The report on physical features, for example, outlines further research that might be needed. Read article

Preliminary hearing into turbines at Ostrander Point to continue

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Despite Friday’s inclement weather, 75 people attended an Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) at Picton Town Hall regarding industrial wind turbine development at Ostrander Point.

Robert Wright presided and lawyers for the parties to the ERT appeal, Ministry of Environment and Gilead Power were also present for this preliminary hearing. It purpose is to determine scheduling for the main hearing, identify parties, participants and presenters, and the scope of their participation; to hear preliminary motions and deal with other administrative issues.

“There was not enough time on Friday for all the issues, due to the complicated nature of the hearing,” said Myna Wood, president of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists.

“Legal wrangling regarding the requirement for Alliance for the Protection of Prince Edward County (APPEC) to produce medical records for their witnesses took most of the afternoon. Because of time constraints, legal counsel for APPEC, Eric Gillespie (also representing Prince Edward County Field Naturalists) was not able to make all his arguments. The legal representatives agreed to meet in the next couple of weeks to hammer out this and other remaining issues. In order to expedite matters, the remainder of the preliminary hearing will be held in Toronto with an open phone link to the County.” Read article

McGuinty’s legacy is a green nightmare

Picture 003Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail
On the morning of Jan. 5, workers with a fleet of heavy equipment mounted a stealth assault on a bald eagle’s nest near the shore of Lake Erie. Their mission was to remove the nest – one of only a few dozen bald eagle nests in Southern Ontario – to make way for an access road to the site of a new industrial wind turbine. As a pair of eagles looked on from a nearby tree, the workers sawed off the limb with the giant nest and took it away to parts unknown.

Ontario’s environmental regulations would usually make this illegal. But the wind company, NextEra Energy, one of the biggest operators in the province, had obtained special dispensation.

Wind power is supposed to be environmentally friendly. But a lot of environmentalists don’t think so. “People couldn’t believe it happened,” says Scott Petrie, a waterfowl ecologist and executive director of Long Point Waterfowl, a conservation group. “Cutting down bald eagle nests flies in the face of anything you would call green energy.”

Wind turbines have invaded many of Ontario’s most scenic and ecologically rich areas. They’re invading coastal wetlands and spreading along major migratory flyways – up the Bruce Peninsula, west to Lake Huron, south to Lake Erie, and east to Prince Edward County, where environmental groups are fighting a major wind development in Ostrander Point, an important bird area. “We have no idea whatsoever of the cumulative impact of these things,” says Dr. Petrie. Turbines chew up birds and other flying things, and they disrupt wildlife habitats. Read article

Wind turbine protesters were there, too

DSC03495By Wes Kellar, Orangeville Citizen
Toronto media covering demonstrations outside Maple Leaf Gardens last Saturday focused on a large one staged by teachers, but several who attended an earlier one against wind turbines describe it as a huge success. For one, Lorrie Gillis of Grey Highlands, who chairs the area Ontario Wind Resistance group, said there has been a lot of positive feedback since the event. She says the two protests complemented each other and many from each group participated in both gatherings outside the scene of the Ontario Liberal leadership convention.

Sherri Lange of North America Platform Against Windpower (NAPAW) said “a couple” of Toronto schools have asked to have representatives of the anti-turbine groups to speak to their students. It isn’t known how much, if any, effect the estimated 20,000-30,000 in the combined rallies will have had on newly elected Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne. Her victory statement was to the effect that her government would act in a spirit of co-operation rather than confrontation with the opposition parties, and also that the Liberals would build on outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty’s programs.

That might be a tough row to hoe. Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has vowed to scrap the Green Energy Act, and to place less reliance on wind. NDP leader Andrea Horwath is likely to be in agreement with the teachers’ arguments against Bill 115. Read article

1987 MNR bald eagle quote – those were the days…

DSC03328….way back in June 1987

{Excerpt} “Human attitudes toward eagles in the area. Much human-eagle interaction depends on the predominant attitude of human residents of each area. Residents and visitors of some areas are very favourably disposed toward the birds, if not proud and quite protective. They may be careful not to disturb the eagle and may help prevent disturbance or destruction by other persons. Such attitudes should be encouraged through education and law enforcement.”

Changes to Endangered Species Act! Purpose to reduce “time & effort required to obtain approvals”

FOWL_SOUTH_SHORE_POSTER_12x24_006 for Pasting[1]Comment period extended to Feb 25th now. Changes made here.

Comment now (Due Feb 25) and tell the MNR and the Ontario Government we will NOT stand for anymore destruction of endangered species and their habitat!

MNR’s words: “Helping existing or planned activities proceed without additional approvals where new species or habitat protection comes about after their approval” Continue reading

Natives protesting at wind turbine sites

IMG_1504By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
HALDIMAND – A surprise native protest in southwest Haldimand Thursday disrupted work at two wind turbine projects near the Nanticoke Industrial Park. As many as 30 natives in a convoy – some wearing traditional garb and waving native flags – interrupted work at several turbine and substation construction sites. At least one work crew gathered up its equipment and left for the day after they arrived.

The protests occurred in the area of Walpole concession roads 3 and 4 between Nanticoke and Varency. Const. Mark Foster of the Haldimand OPP said the roving protest touched down at half a dozen sites. The projects affected belong to NextEra Energy Canada and Capital Power Corporation.

Josie Hernandez, spokesperson for NextEra, confirmed that the protest was motivated in part by her company’s removal of an eagle’s nest near Fisherville two weeks ago. Hernandez said the company welcomed the opportunity to share NextEra’s plans for habitat enhancements in the area where its turbines will be situated. “We understand the need for protest,” she said. “That was good. We appreciated that. We will continue to communicate with them as this project proceeds. It is something we understand.”

Some predicted that aboriginals from Six Nations would react badly to the nest’s destruction, which occurred Jan. 5. A young pair built the nest in November in an area slated for three turbines. Aboriginals in southern Ontario consider eagles sacred.

Aboriginals weren’t the only ones upset by the incident. Nancy Nicklan, owner of Floyd’s Bar & Grill in Nanticoke and a witness to two of the protests Thursday, says everyone in south Haldimand is “furious” about it. “That was it,” Nicklan said. “Everyone has been losing their minds since.” Read article

In birds versus blades, blades always win

EAGLE NEST POSTER-F 8.5x11By Gord Christmas, Simcoe Reformer
Unlike many of his uber-urban contemporaries Toby Barrett is a country boy and when it comes to the land and what lives on it he knows whereof he speaks. His demand to find out who gave the order for the removal of a bald eagles nest near Fisherville is to be applauded. It was inevitable of course, when you pit feather and bone against a turbine blade 45-metres long, the blade wins. And if the blade belongs to big energy the deal is cinched.

It doesn’t take a master’s in quantum physics to predict the grim result of anchoring a mega-fan in the path of migrating birds. The bald eagle of course doesn’t flee south for the winter but maybe it should. I suspect the noise alone from the grey monoliths is enough to mess up its’ breeding cycle. We haven’t done the eagle any favours. First we poisoned them with pesticides, rendering their eggs tissue-paper thin and moronic trophy hunting poachers got into the act until the birds were all but liquidated. (Some First Nation peoples on the other hand hold the eagle feather to be sacred but they don’t kill the bird to get it.)

One day last summer I was mowing the weeds in the paddock and looked up to see four of them, two adults and two fledglings. Knowing they are back, even in a fragile state is comforting. Just as the eagle thought it was safe to take to the air again we introduce wind turbines. I am as “green” as grass but I have to wonder where the converging lines of a need for alternative power and business (read greed) meet. My cynical side tells me that when big energy meets big bird the latter is at a distinct disadvantage. Read article

Appeal Against Samsung wind project dismissed

Bill MontureStephanie Dearing, Tekawennake News
[excerpt] The recent removal of a Bald Eagle nest near Fisherville, to make room for a Summerhaven wind turbine and access road serves to highlight a number of the points the Six Nations men had laid out for the Tribunal. The nest removal had the full blessing of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Monture said the men are now considering their next steps, which may include going to court to appeal the Tribunal’s decision on the Samsung wind park. They will definitely be watching to see if the Tribunals recommendations are implemented.

While pleased to have won the recommendations for the Samsung wind farm, “To us it’s not good enough”, said Monture. Read article

HDI concerned with removal of eagle’s nest, no notification

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The Haudenosaunee Development Institute says it is going to have a meeting with the Ministry of Natural Resources and NextEra Canada to voice concerns about the removal of a bald eagle’s nest at a wind turbine development site near Jarvis last week. “We will be contacting the MNR to discuss what happened,” said HDI Director Hazel Hill. Hill said the sudden removal of the nest last week was a “violation” of the negotiation agreement between the HDI and NextEra. NextEra is planning to build a wind farm on unceded Six Nations lands near Jarvis and has been negotiating with the HDI on the project. NextEra removed the nest because the tree it was built in was in the way of a planned access road to the wind turbine site. The MNR gave NextEra permission to remove it on Dec. 31 but did not inform anyone on Six Nations of their plans. NextEra, with the backing of the MNR, cut down the tree the first weekend of January and the MNR is currently holding the nest until it can be relocated, said Ministry Spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski. “Bald eagles have been known to use more than one nest,” said Kowalski. “By relocating the nest it’s anticipated they will find another suitable location.” Hill said she believed NextEra and the MNR “conspired” behind the backs of the HDI by not informing its environmental monitors present at the site of the decision to remove the nest. “They knew we would have opposed,” said Hill. “The environmental monitors are there for a reason.” Read article

Company ignoring HDI cease and desist
The Haudenosaunee Development Institute, with the backing of Confederacy Chiefs, will be sending a letter to Capital Power informing them again that they will not allow the company’s Port Dover/Nanticoke Wind Project to go forward. HDI Director Hazel Hill said the company has ignored HDI concerns about the project and a cease and desist order sent to them last September. Hill reported that HDI archaeological monitor Wayne Hill confirmed the company has already built roads leading into the development. For entire story purchase a subscription package. Read article

Samsung negotiations hit roadblock
The HDI is sending a letter to Samsung Renewable Energy regarding the $7 billion Grand Renewable Energy Project informing company executives of the Confederacy’s treaty rights. The HDI says the HCCC was “perplexed” with an offer from Samsung last October and they are still reviewing it, but there was no discussion of proposed amounts from Samsung at Saturday’s Confederacy meeting. The HDI says it is not happy that Samsung has proposed creating its own financial Trust of the monies Six Nations will receive from the wind and solar farm projects it plans to build on South Cayuga lands. The HDI says it will create and administer its own Trust that will manage the financial benefits Six Nations receives from the project. Read article

Liberals’s green act showing its true colours



Bureaucrats ignored advice from biologist to leave eagle’s nest and move wind turbine in Haldimand County

IMG_1330By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press
He’s the leading expert on bald eagles in southern Ontario, someone Ontario bureaucrats call on for guidance — most recently, when a relatively rare eagle nest was found near the site of a planned wind turbine.

But when biologist Jody Allair told bureaucrats to protect the nest and move the turbine, they did the opposite, defending their stance on what Allmair says are shaky grounds.

“I was surprised and disappointed,” said Allair, who heads the Southern Ontario Bald Eagle Monitoring Program for Bird Studies Canada.

The nest in Fisherville, in Haldimand County, was suspected as far back as the summer but it was early November, after leaves fell, that residents began phoning and the Natural Resources Ministry asked Allair to confirm it was an active nest — and it was.

The nest, just 20 metres from the planned turbine, was likely hundreds of pounds — a bald eagle’s nest can be as big as 3 tonnes.

“Any time there’s a new nest, that’s a cause for celebration,” Allair said. “I recommended strongly that the nest needed be left alone, the turbine needed to be moved and a buffer had to be created.”

But while Allair thought the nest would be saved and the planned turbine moved from plans that placed it 20 m away, the ministry decided otherwise, issuing behind closed doors a permit Dec. 31 to allow NextEra Canada to remove it to build a 56-turbine wind farm that will produce enough electricity to power 32,000 homes.

Four days later — and just one day before the nest was removed — the ministry reported the permits and the reasons for issuing it on Ontario’s environmental registry.

The ministry wrote it was important to expand clean and renewable sources of energy — subsidized by taxpayers — and that the eagles could relocate in time to nest and law eggs — something Allair says is far from certain.

“It’s possible the nesting season is lost,” he said. Read article

PoV: No room for eagles in Green Energy Act?

Picture 015By Peter Epp, Chatham Daily News
Premier Dalton McGuinty probably wasn’t thinking of this when his government introduced the Green Energy Act several years ago. Last week, on Jan. 5, workers employed by a subsidiary of an American-based energy company removed a bald eagle nest to make way for a wind turbine. And NextEra Energy had the blessing of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Chainsaw-wielding workers were spotted by horrified residents in Haldimand County, who watched as a tree limb, with a huge eagle’s nest attached to it, was removed by an overhead crane. NextEra Energy is planning to erect 56 turbines at its Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre near Fisherville. But the eagle’s nest was apparently not in NextEra or the government’s plans. The MNR approved the nest’s removal on Dec. 31 without public input, and posted notice of its removal only a day before the deed was done.

The incident didn’t provide the kind of optics usually associated with green energy. There was no ribbon-cutting ceremony, no photo of back-slapping politicians wearing hardhats. And yet photographs snapped by residents have gone viral, eliciting all kinds of opinion from Canadians and others. Most people appear to be horrified, while others are taking note of the hypocrisy of a government that says its Green Energy Act was launched to help save the environment, yet will permit the removal of the nesting home of what’s arguably the environment’s most beloved winged symbol. Read article

Tell the MNR they have gone too far!

Picture 003Pictures: Eagle Nest Destruction, before, during and after
Videos: Nest & Tree cut downNextera in Damage Control
On the morning of January 5th, 2013 Nextera Energy removed a bald eagle nest (species of special concern in Ontario), and the tree it was in, in order to accommodate an access road and a wind turbine for their company in the Summerhaven project in Haldimand Cty. The MNR gave a permit for the company to do so the night before.
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Video: Nextera Energy in damage control mode on Eagle Nest removal

Nextera Energy is questioned at a public information meeting in Exeter on their recent removal of a bald eagle nest, the tree it was in and the surrounding vegetation, in Haldimand County to make way for the company’s Summerhaven Wind Project. In this video Nextera spokespersons try to explain away the removal. They are speaking to residents who will live in their proposed Bornish, Goshen, Jericho and Adelaide projects who are not very encouraged by their responses.

Bald eagles versus industrial wind turbines

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The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) issued a permit to NextEra Energy to remove an active bald eagles’ nest. Unbelievable! The nest was reported by residents to MNR last summer and was confirmed active by MNR in the fall. The permit was issued on December 31, 2012, giving NextEra until January 6, 2013 to remove the nest. However, notice of the permit wasn’t posted on the Environmental Registry until late afternoon on January 4, 2013. Shame on the MNR for posting it so late that local residents were denied their rights to express their outrage.

On Saturday morning, January 5, 2013, near the lakeshore south of Fisherville, many who watched the crew cut the nest away were livid and all were absolutely sickened by the sight. The tree was scheduled to be removed to accommodate a turbine access road and a wind turbine.

Bald eagles are a species of special concern. Bird Studies Canada at Port Rowan has developed a bald eagle monitoring program for southern Ontario. For 2010/2011, there were 57 active nests in Southern Ontario with 41 nests being successful. Bald eagles look for nest sites in early winter. The permit notice states that “the eagles are not currently in the nest,” however, residents living in that area report having seen the pair in the nest on and off since November and as recently as this past week.

It’s unconscionable that the MNR, which is supposed to protect the environment, would permit this despicable deed, destroying and displacing these magnificent creatures’ chosen habitat. But why am I surprised? This Liberal non-government just continues to bend over backwards to rubber stamp everything for the wind industry no matter how many times our rights are denied or habitats are destroyed.
Betty Ortt,

Eagles nest removal ignores Environment Commissioner

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MPP Barrett questions decision making behind habitat destruction
Queens Park – Ontario residents concerned about the removal of an eagles nest to make way for wind towers weren’t the only ones shut out from the decision making that saw the host tree quickly removed over the weekend. Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says recommendations of the government’s own Environmental Commissioner were overlooked in the rush to judgement to remove the home of nesting eagles east of Selkirk.

“It was just three months ago that Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller told us, ‘The Ontario government should put additional areas of the province off-limits to wind power projects to safeguard birds, bats and their habitats’,” Barrett reported. “Instead of moving additional areas off-limits to protect birds and their habitats, government has re-moved a key part of their habitat itself.”

In Part 2 of his 2011/2012 Annual Report, Losing Our Touch, Gord Miller goes on to note significant shortcomings in the guidelines that continue to put birds and bats at risk:

“•Development in Important Bird Areas not prohibited: Important Bird Areas are designated, using internationally accepted standards, as key areas supporting specific groups of birds. There are no special rules to prevent wind power development in Ontario’s 70 Important Bird Areas. Continue reading

MNR explains why they allowed the removal of the bald eagle nest

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The Ministry of Natural Resources has come forward with reasons why they removed a Bald’s Eagles Nest from a tree limb near Fisherville. They say the nest was removed so the eagles would not be disturbed during a critical nesting period. Senior Media Relations Officer for the MNR Jolanta Kowalski says biologists were concerned that the bald eagles could of been killed by wind turbines if they were left in that location.  Listen: MNR 1

She adds Nextera the company who is building the wind turbines in the area will be creating artificial nesting spots for the eagles to safely relocate. They are currently working with First Nations and other land owners to find an appropriate spot for the birds. The MNR did respond to accusations made by local MPP Toby Barrett. Barrett says he thinks the government had something to do with this decision and also wondered if this is a case of corruption. The MNR says they followed all of the proper protocols and channels for approval. Kowalski says we are always trying to reach a balance between developing renewable energy while protecting adverse wildlife populations. Listen: MNR 3

CHCH News: Eagles’ nest removal


10 yrs ago, farmer fined $10000 for removing trees AROUND a Bald Eagle nest…

IMG_1303By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
SIMCOE – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is looking for answers in the aftermath of this week’s outcry over the destruction of an eagle’s nest in west Haldimand on the weekend. The legislature in Toronto remains in recess while provincial Liberals pick a successor to outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty. However, that hasn’t stopped Queen’s Park from buzzing about what some are calling an environmental travesty.

Barrett reported that the incident near Fisherville came up for discussion during a packed meeting Wednesday of the Progressive Conservative caucus. Barrett said no one was sympathetic to the Ministry of Natural Resource’s argument that the nest was destroyed to reduce the risk of bird mortality from a pending wind turbine project. “Why would they make a decision like that?” Barrett said. “I want to know who made this call. I want to find out if someone directed MNR to grant this permit and go against its legislation. My gut feeling is there is something seriously wrong here. I want to find out whether this decision was made outside the MNR.”

The Summerhaven wind project belongs to Nextera Energy Canada. The MNR quietly issued the company a permit to remove the eagles’ nest Dec. 31 because it was in an area slated for three turbines. The MNR didn’t post word of the permit on its website until after 5 p.m. Friday. The crew that took down the tree in question began work Saturday morning before sunrise. Read article

Six Nations shocked NextEra takes eagles nest cuts down tree

turtleby Lynda Powless, Editor Turtle Island News
Six Nations residents are shocked NextEra Energy Canada has removed an eagles nest and cut down the tree that held it over the weekend. NextEra cut down the tree to construct a road access for their Summerhaven wind turbine project. Ministry of Natural Resources gave the company approval to remove the nest Dec., 31 but neither the MNR or NextEra informed Six Nations of the move.

The MNR permit held a proviso that the tree had to be removed by Sunday. The MNR decision wasn’t posted on the internet until after 5 p.m. Friday leaving no one time to object. Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI) interim director Hazel Hill said she is “outraged” NextEra would “commit such an act.” She said HDI had been trying to work in “good faith” with NextEra on their project. “Our environmental montiors had raised it as an issue that the nest was there and we had asked for a report on what type of risk the turbines would present.” She said preliminary results indicated the nest was to stay. “Our preliminary reports showed they move the turbine or go one less and leave the nest alone.” Read article

How Ontario government celebrates National Bird Day


National Bird Day