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 →
[Note: After the release of this disturbing video, wind developers are simply dismissing it at meetings, saying the vulture was “shot” down by the cameramen. You be the judge.]
Raptors such as vultures, eagles and hawks are the most vulnerable bird to turbine accidents. The big birds typically soar at about the same height as the turbine blades – roughly 300 to 400 feet. In one year, the entire population of White Tailed Eagles was wiped out at Smola, Norway. In Ontario, it has been reported coyotes are numerous around turbine facilities. Why? To swoop in and pick up the dead and injured. Continue reading →