Resident fears turbines will impact bird population

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Joe Dobrucki was out on the tractor tending to the family fields when a large, shadowy figure flew overhead. He looked up and immediately recognized the white-headed creature. “All of the sudden, this big bird flew over, out of nowhere,” said Dobrucki, of Wellandport. “It had a huge wing span. I knew right away it was something different.”

The white-feathered head immediately gave it away. Dobrucki spotted a majestic bald eagle in his family’s field, located between Elcho and Canborough roads. Soon, Dobrucki will see a new shadow cast upon his family’s fields. In front of the Dobrucki residence is a sign protesting a wind farm proposed for the area. According to Dobrucki, they will be surrounded by the three megawatt turbines if Niagara Region Wind Corp. is given the green light to build. Dobrucki fears the spinning blades of the turbines will cause harm to the majestic creatures in the sky, such as the bald eagle he spotted twice in the field. Read article

8 thoughts on “Resident fears turbines will impact bird population

  1. From the article…
    [[ As such, no candidate significant wildlife habitat for bald eagle was present within 120m of the project location (Stantec NHA, March 2013). The MNR has reviewed this information and confirms the site investigations, records review and evaluation of significance was conducted using applicable methods and procedures or accepted by MNR.”]]

    Yep – MNR says proper procedures were followed – or Stantec claims they followed procedures and MNR wouldn’t question them… or check for themselves.
    Sure, there were eagles but we didn’t see no steenkin’ eagle nests.
    After what happened in Haldimand, maybe they got discouraged and quit building them.

    • Without access to the records who knows if proper procedures were used and who gets to say what the proper procedures are?
      Would say offhand that habitat 120m is very close for eagles.
      People are going to have to go to reliable wildlife resources outside of Ontario inorder to know if they are getting the correct information.
      People need to have comparison wildlife information in this situation.

  2. You are absolutely right about city folk Barbara. University of Waterloo, ecology course -excursion identifying trees by their leaves and bark: I was astounded about the lack of knowledge these people had. Other than a maple, most dks. Identifying a cotton wood, beech, etc. off the top of my head-made hanging with me the best thing since sliced bread for them. On the other hand, I was astounded that most didn’t know this stuff.

    • City Elites become “experts” by getting their information from sound bites, tweets and coffee shop latte-fueled discourse.

  3. Save the birds, save the wild life! Let’s not worry about saving our own skin. If these “feel good moments” help you make it through the day, good for you.

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