[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.
Canadian Wildlife Service developed a database to monitor kills. The data is top secret and not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (as requested by CanWEA). Developers are not required to report their own data. So, of course, it sits virtually empty.
Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) has, at the urging of CanWEA has ensured that monitoring information will not be shared with the public.
CanWEA: “Accordingly, we would like to request that the Canadian Wildlife Services speak to government experts in the area of Access to Information requests to determine what, if any, of the information currently envisioned to be part of the database could be protected from such requests.”
Canadian Wildlife Services Response: “Provisions will be made to ensure that proprietary interests are protected for all data submitted. While it is desirable to provide some results for the public, this will be at a very general level, to protect the concerns of individual proponents. Any released data will not be linked to particular projects and will not provide sensitive information without the consent of the proponent”
Now Canadian Wildlife Services wants to change the Migratory Birds Act so that “incidental” kills by industry don’t count and cannot be prosecuted. Source: Development of a New Regulatory Approach to the Management of Incidental Take of Migratory Birds
Why is this being sequestered from the public and scientific community? Why does the protection of the wind industry’s interests override the protection of wildlife and the environment? Based on this policy, the community cannot rely on proponent, CWS or EAAB assurances regarding impacts on bird populations