Location, Location, Location . . . Migration, Migration, Migration

An indepth discussion on the McGuinty Liberals irresponsible handling of important bird areas, migration routes and sensitive wildlife areas in siting Industrial Wind Turbines.  Mr. Wegner has an Honours BSc in Environmental Science degree and has spent many years as a wildlife photographer, traveling from one coast of Canada to the other, and north to south as well.  He has no wind projects anywhere near him.

This is truly an international problem, one that so many developers and local/state/provincial governments pooh-pooh as a NIMBY issue in order to slide the deals through.  This problem runs from the arctic to the tip of South America — and that is one helluva big backyard!”

Download entire article here (pdf)
As a biologist-photographer who specializes in the nature spectacles of Canada, I’ve seen my fair share of wildlife wonders over the years.  Continue reading

Do you agree?

(Reprint from 2009)
The dire need to stop global warming with an aggressive renewable energy plan for Ontario outstrips potential damage to sensitive environmental areas, says Marion Fraser, a founding member of the Green Energy Act Alliance.   The Sarnia Observer
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The Dark Secret of the Wind Industry

[Note:   After the release of this disturbing video, wind developers are simply dismissing it at meetings, saying the vulture was “shot” down by the cameramen.    You be the judge.]

Raptors such as vultures, eagles and hawks are the most vulnerable bird to turbine accidents.   The big birds typically soar at about the same height as the turbine blades – roughly 300 to 400 feet.  In one year, the entire population of White Tailed Eagles was wiped out at Smola, Norway.  In Ontario, it has been reported coyotes are numerous around turbine facilities.   Why?  To swoop in and pick up  the dead and injured.  Continue reading

‘Scarecrow’ wind farms put rare birds to flight

Times Online

The RSPB does not oppose wind farms but wants them sited away from areas where birds feed or breed [which is definitely NOT what’s happening here in Ontario]

Britain’s upland birds are in danger of being driven off hills and mountains by onshore wind farms.

Scientists have found that birds, including buzzards, golden plovers, curlews and red grouse, are abandoning countryside around wind farms because the turbines act as giant scarecrows, frightening them away. Continue reading

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunter Concerned about Offshore Turbines

walleyeOntario Out of Doors, Fall 2009 Issue

Fish and wildlife agencies want some questions answered before in-lake wind turbines become regular fixtures on Lake Erie.

 The Great Lakes Fisheries Commission’s Lake Erie Committee released a position paper earlier this year raising concerns about the electricity-generating units, which, though given the go-ahead in recent legislation, haven’t been built yet. Continue reading

Windmills Are Killing Our Birds

Golden Eagle Killed by Wind Turbine

Golden Eagle Killed by Wind Turbine

Wall Street Journal

By ROBERT BRYCE, Managing Editor of Energy Tribune

One standard for oil companies, another for green energy sources.
Michael Fry of the American Bird Conservancy estimates that U.S. wind turbines kill between 75,000 and 275,000 birds per year.  Yet the Justice Department is not bringing cases against wind companies. Continue reading

Devastation to Provincially Significant Wetlands on Wolfe Island

These are examples of the construction phase on Wolfe Island taken in March 2009.  Construction led to significant flooding of agricultural and wet lands, as well as roads.  Culverts, crushed by the heavy loads, were replaced and old culverts left to rust by side of the road. windconcern1
 
Note the photographs illustrating the expansion of the road in the Provincially Significant Wetland (fishing habitat, VTE species, nesting, foraging and migrating avian species). This is the most environmentally sensitive area of the project, the western section. Continue reading

Update on the Destruction of Wolfe Island

These photos illustrate the transformation of a small section of Wolfe Island as viewed from across the St. Lawrence channel.  Note, this photo shows only 6 of the 86 turbines now installed.
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THE PROVINCIALLY SIGNIFICANT WETLAND that was filled with material provided by Canadian Renewable Energy, and completed by contractors working for Canadian Renewable Energy:  We continue to be denied concise answers as to who actually directed this work, Continue reading