American Bird Conservancy Wind Development Bird Risk Map

wind-map-screenshotAmerican Bird Conservancy
(Washington., D.C., May 3, 2012) A new, interactive web-based map, created by American Bird Conservancy (ABC)—the nation’s leading bird conservation organization, is now available, and has the potential to dramatically reduce bird impacts from wind turbines. Open the map. Using Google Earth as a platform, the map highlights more than 2,000 locations in the United States where birds are likely to be particularly vulnerable to impacts from wind energy development. Key sites are colored either orange or red to indicate their relative importance to birds.

Birds can be impacted by wind power both through direct collisions and by displacement from nesting, foraging, or transit areas. The map addresses both of these issues by identifying both concentrated migratory flight paths and key habitat locations. The map also provides extensive background data for each location, including details of ownership, habitats, land use, bird species, and conservation issues.

“This map offers a way to prevent millions of bird deaths from wind power, while at the same time providing ample opportunity for the prudent development of this potentially bird-smart energy source. Careful siting of wind energy remains the single most important factor in reducing bird deaths from wind power, and this map provides a means to do just that,” said Mike Parr, Vice President of ABC. “ABC strongly supports bird-smart wind energy development” he added. Read article

13 thoughts on “American Bird Conservancy Wind Development Bird Risk Map

  1. I wish ‘careful siting’ was an issue for these wind companies and our paid and elected leaders when it comes to human beings as well.
    People at a glance can see that the placement of turbines and their infrastructure by K2 Wind was done without any concern for the effects it would have on human habitation. If they would have used simple common sense they might have avoided a whole lot of negative backlash from residents who’ve had to deal with the incursion/imposition. Even the people constructing the turbines admitted they wouldn’t want to live that close to them. Why can’t the key people who are responsible for this situation admit they made obvious errors in judgement when siting these monsters?
    Common sense and foresight would have saved us all a lot of grief.

  2. What I find sad — is that these things are just a big waste of money. Watch when companies who purchase these things with (I’m sure) grant monies.. Then the turbine breaks ‘oophs’ no more grant money to repair. If they’d been so “Great” providing all this free/cheap power to the company they would have replaced at their expense… no they were put up for show and because the “free” money. is gone so now it’s a tower with a hanging piece of metal.

  3. There is only one consideration when siting a turbine – how do we make the most money. They are willing to spend money to spin the story – to talk about ‘green’ and renewable and such, but they only care about money. There is nothing else.

    My neighbour has a transmission pole on his lawn (actually the road allowance, but he mows it.) They could have moved it over 2 meters and it would have been off his lawn. I suggested to someone that they had done it out of spite because he wouldn’t sign. She asked if I really believed that and I said no – they don’t even care about us enough to spite us. We are totally irrelevant to them.

  4. ‘[excerpt] “ABC strongly supports bird-smart wind energy development” he added.’
    [hold that thought];
    and now – you can spit!

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    The eagles die at Altamont!

    It uses tons of fossil fuels every day, emits a greenhouse gas that’s like CO2 on steroids, can’t do the job it’s made for, costs taxpayers exorbitant fees, and makes the federal government look mentally ill for giving it outrageous subsidies. It also chops up birds, bats and scenery with roads and monstrous 400-foot-tall machines. “It” is wind power, of course.

    These harsh facts were condensed into a preliminary draft study of wind subsidies by researcher Teresa Platt, who circulated it to specialists for vetting. I obtained a copy of the extensively footnoted working draft, which gave chilling reality to the truth behind wind industry claims.

    “Every year since the 1980s,” Platt’s study said, “the 5,000 turbines at NextEra’s Altamont Pass in California kill thousands of slow-reproducing red-tailed hawks, burrowing owls, kestrels, as well as iconic golden eagles, and bats.” The birds Platt mentions are raptors – birds of prey – particularly valued for their agricultural role in killing mice and other crop-damaging rodents. Eagles, both golden eagles and bald eagles, have long impressed Americans for their majesty, and the bald eagle was selected by our Founding Fathers as our national emblem.

    I asked Bob Johns, spokesman for the American Bird Conservancy, about wind farm eagle mortality. He confirmed Platt’s study and told me the Altamont operation alone has killed more than 2,000 golden eagles. But that’s not all. “Nationwide, the wind industry kills thousands of golden eagles without prosecution,” Johns said, “while any other American citizen even possessing eagle parts such as feathers would face huge fines and prison time.”

    Huge is right. Violate either the Migratory Bird Treaty Act or the Eagle Protection Act, and you could get fined up to $250,000 or get two years imprisonment.

    Not a single wind farm operator has yet been prosecuted for killing birds, yet in 2009 ExxonMobil got whacked with a $600,000 fine for killing 85 common ducks and other birds that flew into uncovered tanks on its property. Other similarly outrageous revenge-style penalties have been assessed on oil companies by the viciously ideological anti-fossil fuel Obama administration.

    So Big Oil clearly doesn’t have an Obama Big Wind Get Out of Jail Free card. This unaccounted wind industry bird-killer subsidy reveals a federal multiple personality disorder that must be cured.
    http://www.cfact.org/2013/05/21/the-eagles-die-at-altamont/

    And more wind power horror stories the mainstream media will not tell you about!
    – See more at: http://www.cfact.org/2013/05/21/the-eagles-die-at-altamont/#sthash.XFZq2JaY.dpuf

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    ABC Results

    ABC currently leads the Bird Conservation Funding Coalition (BCFC), which consists of conservation organizations that together advocate for increased federal funding for bird conservation.

    Since 2005, ABC and members of BCFC have been instrumental in garnering more than $1 billion in federal appropriations for six programs which include the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Program and Joint Ventures.

    Between 2008 and 2010, ABC has helped increase funding for NMBCA and Joint Ventures by approximately $250,000 and $2 million respectively.

    In 2009, ABC helped secure an additional $2 million in federal funds to help protect threatened and endangered Hawaiian birds.
    http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/funding/index.html

    Any kind words?

  5. Seems this map is too little too late… all the north Erie lakeshore and Lake St. Clair areas are already crammed with bird blending turbines… ABC just doesn’t get it !!!!!

  6. Sad thing is that corporate control has there dicks into everything and rape and pillage everything that can be rape for profits.
    Nothing is ours anymore as we abandoned our care for our lands given to us by our creator threw registration.
    Given all away to the crown we have no owner ship they took it without full disclosure.
    Yes Barb legality is not reality we’ve been coned and most do not even know it.

      • Ugh! – what will we tell the children –
        when we are all equal?

        Liberal – Dalton McGuinty – set the stage;
        Road to Serfdom.

        You can’t have serfdom – without some corruption;
        but we are told – it’s transparent – it’s democracy [the will of the people?????]
        therefore – it is okay.

        Oh Yeah – something spooked Dalton – and he quit!
        He spends his days – looking in the mirror.

        The Liberals picked a winner – Kathleen Wynne;
        and she now represents – all of Canada.

        Kathleen Wynne – promises everything Putin glorifies;
        and there were reasons why –
        Stephen Harper – would not ‘shake hands’ – with Putin.

        Putin himself – rides the horse…….
        and the Russian people – have equality;
        starve together –
        – this will glorify Russia!

        Hey Ontario!
        Social Justice and Equality – it will be heavenly;
        Kathleen Wynne – just announced it
        to the world!

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        Election Year Canada!
        October 19, 2015
        Vote Conservative!

        Go Stephen Harper!

  7. Sad to say but there is nothing new about this beyond documenting the extent of the damage. When the Audubon society came out in favor of wind they were careful to say that siting to avoid impacting nesting and migration pathways was essential. This map demonstrates that nesting and migration pathways are the prime sites. Effectively North American bird migration pathways have become gauntlets. Remember the Passenger Pigeon! What is worse, wind turbines interfere with normal atmospheric mixing — even though the energy being removed from global circulation is not significant, I would be surprised if it does not affect evaporation. But we don’t have any issues with water, especially around prime agricultural areas, so who cares? We can always get our food affordably from the far east, right?

    • It’s recommended that people eat local food including bugs as protein sources. Beef is out due to the methane gas cattle produce.

      The GTA can produce plenty of maggots so no problem there supplying local protein.

      How about some maggot stew or cream of maggot soup of course made with soy milk?

  8. ‘[excerpt] “ABC strongly supports bird-smart wind energy development” he added.’
    [hold that thought];
    and now – you can spit!

    ——————————————————————————————————–
    NextEra:
    The eagles die at Altamont!

    It uses tons of fossil fuels every day, emits a greenhouse gas that’s like CO2 on steroids, can’t do the job it’s made for, costs taxpayers exorbitant fees, and makes the federal government look mentally ill for giving it outrageous subsidies. It also chops up birds, bats and scenery with roads and monstrous 400-foot-tall machines. “It” is wind power, of course.

    These harsh facts were condensed into a preliminary draft study of wind subsidies by researcher Teresa Platt, who circulated it to specialists for vetting. I obtained a copy of the extensively footnoted working draft, which gave chilling reality to the truth behind wind industry claims.

    “Every year since the 1980s,” Platt’s study said, “the 5,000 turbines at NextEra’s Altamont Pass in California kill thousands of slow-reproducing red-tailed hawks, burrowing owls, kestrels, as well as iconic golden eagles, and bats.” The birds Platt mentions are raptors – birds of prey – particularly valued for their agricultural role in killing mice and other crop-damaging rodents. Eagles, both golden eagles and bald eagles, have long impressed Americans for their majesty, and the bald eagle was selected by our Founding Fathers as our national emblem.

    I asked Bob Johns, spokesman for the American Bird Conservancy, about wind farm eagle mortality. He confirmed Platt’s study and told me the Altamont operation alone has killed more than 2,000 golden eagles. But that’s not all. “Nationwide, the wind industry kills thousands of golden eagles without prosecution,” Johns said, “while any other American citizen even possessing eagle parts such as feathers would face huge fines and prison time.”

    Huge is right. Violate either the Migratory Bird Treaty Act or the Eagle Protection Act, and you could get fined up to $250,000 or get two years imprisonment.

    Not a single wind farm operator has yet been prosecuted for killing birds, yet in 2009 ExxonMobil got whacked with a $600,000 fine for killing 85 common ducks and other birds that flew into uncovered tanks on its property. Other similarly outrageous revenge-style penalties have been assessed on oil companies by the viciously ideological anti-fossil fuel Obama administration.

    So Big Oil clearly doesn’t have an Obama Big Wind Get Out of Jail Free card. This unaccounted wind industry bird-killer subsidy reveals a federal multiple personality disorder that must be cured.
    http://www.cfact.org/2013/05/21/the-eagles-die-at-altamont/

    And more wind power horror stories the mainstream media will not tell you about!
    – See more at: http://www.cfact.org/2013/05/21/the-eagles-die-at-altamont/#sthash.XFZq2JaY.dpuf

    —————————————————————————————————————–

    • ABC Results

      ABC currently leads the Bird Conservation Funding Coalition (BCFC), which consists of conservation organizations that together advocate for increased federal funding for bird conservation.

      Since 2005, ABC and members of BCFC have been instrumental in garnering more than $1 billion in federal appropriations for six programs which include the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Program and Joint Ventures.

      Between 2008 and 2010, ABC has helped increase funding for NMBCA and Joint Ventures by approximately $250,000 and $2 million respectively.

      In 2009, ABC helped secure an additional $2 million in federal funds to help protect threatened and endangered Hawaiian birds.
      http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/funding/index.html

      Any kind words?

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