Harrow Wind Facility 2010 Post-construction Monitoring Report

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Response to MNR Comments
The High site sensitivity for birds is based on its proximity (1 km) to the HolidayBeach/ Big Creek Important Bird Area, a globally significant migration staging area for waterfowl in some years and having a large concentration of migratory raptors. (Note: Ansar Gafur of AIM Powergen told me at the Public Consultation that they were completely unaware of any IBAs in the area).

Green Energy Versus Greenheads

By Jeff Helsdon
Ontario Out of Doors, February, 2011 Issue

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) added its voice to the growing outcry against Ontario’s Green Energy Act (GEA). The national conservation organization raised concerns over wind turbines being built without consideration for migratory birds, noting that some are planned near important waterfowl staging habitat.

DUC called for a moratorium on these and other green-energy projects adjacent to continentally significant staging habitat until impacts are better known. Continue reading

Death of 10 raptors on Wolfe Island concerns naturalist

Wolfe Island  – Bird & Bat Monitoring Report

Environment Canada – Comments on Wolfe Island Post-Construction Monitoring Report 

Further Analysis Here

By Mike Norris, The Whig Standard

There were fewer birds and bats killed by wind turbines on Wolfe Island in the first half of 2010 than during the previous six months, but the number of dead raptors is cause for concern, says a bird expert.

During the period between Jan. 1 and June 30 of last year, 10 raptor carcasses were recovered, compared to 12 between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2009.  Seven red-tailed hawks, one osprey, one northern harrier and one turkey vulture comprised the group of 10 raptors killed by the giant blades. Continue reading

Environmental hypocrisy

Syncrude fine a windfall for conservation groups – Oilsands giant to pay record $3 million for duck deaths

The Wolfe Island wind facility has killed many more birds than 1600 ducks.   It is just one of the dozens of projects rubberstamped by this government.  Why is the wind industry immune to prosecution?    Why is the McGuinty Liberals immune as they approved this project knowing full well the impact to the bird population in this extremely sensitive area?

Ripley, Ontario Monitoring Report reveals alarming bat mortality

487 Bats estimated killed in only 16 weeks

Fall monitoring encompassed the months of July through mid-October, for a total of 16 weeks. A total of 116 bat carcasses were located by searchers, with a corrected estimated total for the season of 487.37 bat mortalities, with 12.83 bats per turbine for fall; and 6.41 bats per MW for fall. …

Download: Ripley-PCM-Report  
Author:  Jacques Whitford Continue reading

Kill rate of hawks, owls, and other raptors most alarming

North Country Public Radio

Download audio (dial-up). Right-click to save target as. Listen to 5 min. Interview with Ornithologist Bill Evans

A recent study of bird and bat mortality at Wolfe Island’s 82-turbine wind farm is raising concerns among environmentalists. Wolfe Island is where Lake Ontario empties into the St. Lawrence River. The report found 600 birds and more than a thousand bats were killed by the windmill blades in just one six-month period. Nature Canada called the numbers “shockingly high.”

Ornithologist Bill Evans says the real question is which species of birds died. Evans directs Old Bird, Inc. in Ithaca and has consulted for both wind power companies and environmental groups. He told David Sommerstein Wolfe Island is a designated important bird area, so ornithologists predicted high fatalities. Evans says the number of hawks, owls, and other raptors was the most alarming.

Wind turbine turned off to halt seabird slaughter

By Laura Kitching, Dorset Echo, www.dorsetecho.co.uk 3 July 2010

A £20,000 wind turbine brought in to make a Portland primary school more environmentally friendly has been turned off because it was killing seabirds.

Headteacher Stuart McLeod, of Southwell Community Primary School, said they ‘tried everything’ to solve the problem but had no choice but to shut it down.

In the past few months the nine metre high generator has taken the lives of 14 birds – far higher than the manufacturer’s estimate of one per year.

The wind turbine was installed at the school around 18 months ago, thanks to grant funding, to provide six kilowatts of power an hour. Continue reading

Wind power would sow avian megadeath

Financial Post

Diane Katz is to be congratulated for raising a flag with respect to bird mortality from wind turbines, but she only tells half of the story. If one is serious about replacing hydrocarbons with wind-generated electricity, then it is also important to know just how many turbines it would take, say, to replace one oil sands plant.

Given 250,000 barrels of oil per day, if that was used that to fire a (large) power plant, at least 6000 MW could be generated, continuously and reliably. The Wolfe Island wind facility, which has been killing birds in greater numbers than the Syncrude tailings pond, is rated at just under 200 MW, or 1/30th of 6000. So, assuming a generous availability factor of 20% in terms of reliable electricity versus installed wind capacity, it would in fact take at least 150 Wolfe Islands, totaling almost 13,000 individual turbines to replace the output of a single large oil sands plant. In addition to killing birds in flight, these would make a rather larger hole in the boreal forest, than the mine they replaced.

We should recall the original objective was not to manage CO2 or temperature per se, but rather to preserve habitats for diverse life.

Neil Edmunds, Calgary

Media double standard on bird kills

Red Kite Killed by Turbines

Diane Katz, Financial Post

Environmental groups are gloating over the conviction last week of Syncrude Canada Ltd., which now faces fines totalling $800,000 for failing to prevent the deaths of 1,606 ducks that alighted on a company tailings pond two years ago.

Yet the fact a great many more birds and bats are mangled by wind turbine blades each year draws scant attention, much less prosecution. This double standard highlights the widespread misperception that so-called “renewable” energy sources do not demand environmental trade-offs. Continue reading

Extremely High turbine kill rates were what company expected

Bill Evans, Ornithologist

Posted By Paul Schliesmann    Today’s Farmer

An American bird specialist says no one should be surprised by the numbers of bats and birds being killed by wind turbines on Wolfe Island.

“Environment Canada ranked the site as their highest level of concern for raptors. It’s an internationally recognized site for waterfowl,” said Bill Evans, an ornithologist with Old Bird Inc. in Ithaca, N.Y.

“This was probably not a good place to build and that was said before it was even started.”

Evans was invited by Wolfe Island Residents for the Environment to sit in on a meeting with various government officials as well as representatives from TransAlta, the company that runs the 86-turbine wind farm. Continue reading