Chatham Daily News, by Peter Epp
[excerpt] The Lake St. Clair wetlands are an important part of the overall natural infrastructure that supports waterfowl such as ducks. Lake St. Clair, along with Rondeau Bay, provide an important habitat for the millions of migrating waterfowl that use both the Mississippi and the Atlantic flyways. Ironically, it was Kingsville’s Jack Miner who helped uncover those flyways. Miner started banding geese in 1909. That very first year, the original band was recovered in South Carolina.
Within 10 years, Miner’s banding program had included thousands of geese and ducks, and helped society discover the ancient migratory pathways used by waterfowl and other birds. It was learned that Canadian geese, for example, flew as far south as the Gulf Coast states during the winter, and as far north as Baffin Island in the summer. Miner’s work eventually led to the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which made it unlawful to capture, sell or kill certain migratory birds in the United States, Canada, Mexico and three other nations.
But what Jack Miner couldn’t have anticipated 100 years ago was the development of hundreds of wind turbines in Ontario, with many of them located precisely in the migratory path of waterfowl. The Long Point Waterfowl study will also examine the impact that wind turbines have had on the movement of mallard ducks. Given the continuing controversy that exists over wind turbines in this province, that part of the study will probably carry the most interest. Read article