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

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

  1. Evidently, even Jonathan Sher is susceptible to propaganda. He writes:

    …to allow NextEra Canada to remove it to build a 56-turbine wind farm that will produce enough electricity to power 32,000 homes

    56 wind turbines can’t power one single toaster, if the wind’s not blowing.

    Why would Sher put that crap in there? Talk about misleading…

    • “…will produce enough electricity to power 32,000 homes”??? On the hottest day this summer, electricity from wind turbines was only able to supply 1/10 of 1% of the electricity needed – totally useless & unreliable!

      • Maybe Jon put that in there to play on the fact that if these 56 wind turbines can’t “power 32,000 homes,” then this must be a FRAUD.

  2. “…will produce enough electricity to power 32,000 homes”?
    free to USA and then we pay them to take it and produce it.

  3. “to power 32,000 homes” This is the thing that stood way out to me and obviously to most others as well. Enough is enough!! What is wrong with reporters? Is this guy a major Lefty or some such thing? He doesn`t say the windies claim this, but rather just states it, as though it were undisputed fact. This crap has to end!

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