By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News
[excerpt] Chatham-Kent has one of the highest concentrations of industrial wind turbines in Ontario. Petrie said he’s looked at European studies where industrial turbines have been operating for several years. He noted it was determined each turbine has a 300-metre diameter “exclusion zone” that shows waterfowl, especially geese and swans don’t fly there. There are also fewer birds seen in a one-kilometre “avoidance zone” around the turbines, he added.
Petrie said his position on wind turbines is that not every one of them will adversely affect waterfowl. “But, if you put turbines into very important waterfowl habitat and the waterfowl avoid those areas, then that’s tantamount to habitat loss,” he said. Read article