Pictures: Eagle Nest Destruction, before, during and after
Videos: Nest & Tree cut downNextera in Damage Control
On the morning of January 5th, 2013 Nextera Energy removed a bald eagle nest (species of special concern in Ontario), and the tree it was in, in order to accommodate an access road and a wind turbine for their company in the Summerhaven project in Haldimand Cty. The MNR gave a permit for the company to do so the night before.
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Shocking report – Wolfe Island Post Monitoring  12 raptor/vulture and 88 other bird carcasses recovered represent approximately 602 bird fatalities over the course of this [six month] Reporting Period.  Read more

Special to WCO, thanks to Wayne Wegner:  Location, Location, Location . . . Migration, Migration, Migration***

Commentary to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Bats and Bat Habitats, Guidelines for Wind Power Projects March 2010 Draft, EBR Registry Number: 010-9521


13 thoughts on “Wildlife

  1. While I was out tending to my dogs this bright sunny morning, I enjoyed the sight and sounds of two large flocks of geese, coming from the west traveling along the Lake Erie shoreline. Just before approaching the first pod of turbines, the flock circled around and returned in the direction they came from! I guess I was having a case of “high hopes”… of the passing of waterfowl on their way along a major migratory route of North America.

  2. It amazes me that these bat deaths didn’t serve as the “canary-in-the-coal-mine”. The very large and fast turbine blades produce bat-lung-rupturing extremes of air pressure. These same extreme pressure variants are what produce the high levels of infrasound which impact on the health of area residents.

    The term CATVIE best describes the effect .. “Clear Air Turbulence Vortex Infrasound Effect”.

    Until cross-discipline studies are conducted (Health, Acoustics, Engineering, Statistical Analysis), we’ll keep on spinning our individual wheels as we try to counter the pseudo-science BS of turbine proponents!

  3. So many wind towers are being erected in rural areas. Already we have many scientific studies and results demonstrating the effect of wind tower power on birds, bats, sea life and human beings. Where are the studies that show the effects on farm animals, household pets? One wonders if there are any effects on growth cycles in plants?

  4. The Green Energy act, the Provincial Liberal Government in Ontario both require removal, Neither of them are democratic. Soon we will have no view, no migratory birds, no unspoiled scenery. Alberta needs “carbon credits” perhaps the wind turbines might help there.

  5. It’s sad, but until everyone steps up, it will continue. How did the song go, “I’de love to change the world, but I don’t know what to do, so I’ll leave it up to you” ,” You” are what will change this and we need to be loud.

  6. I have a good friend who’s family farm sits beside just three wind turbines. Their dairy cows have begun to exhibit very strange behaviour, becoming frantic in nature, noticeable confusion, and violent in many instances. These animals lives have transformed from a peaceful, tranquil existence to a life of torment and pain directly related to the low frequency sound and vibration in their environment. I am hoping to see studies relating to this concern very soon.

  7. Watching CHCH news this morning. Scientists have noticed a 59% decline in the number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico. This is the lowest number of monarchs, wintering in that region, ever recorded! This issue was briefly addressed, and then dismissed, at one of the Haldimand ERT hearings. I guess we’ve gotta wait until we don’t see the monarch in this area again…. then maybe the “powers that be” will take notice……but then again….. who am I kidding?

    • The cause of the decline in Monarch butterflies has been linked to exurban and suburban developments and the necessary clearance of natural vegetation used by the Monarchs on their migration.

      • The issue may not be the migration. We had a bumper crop of milkweed – on of our monarch’s favorites, but the lowest numbers of monarch’s we’ve ever seen. Furthermore, they seem to be really late transforming this year – we’re seeing an awful lot of monarch caterpillars around still! Very worrying…

  8. FYI….. Spotted a bald eagle flying over our property, in Haldimand County, July 12th and again July 14th 2013. I believe I’ve located the nest. I’ll not reveal it’s location, for obvious reasons, since Samsung, I’m sure, will be tempted to remove it since NextTerror has already set a precedent for removing existing nests with the blessing of our MNR. A neighbour told me the nest has been there for about 4 or 5 years! Wonder why Stantec and Samsung didn’t “see” it during their field observations?? Maybe they DID see it and it’s slated for “demolition” at their earliest convenience! All I’ll say is that it appears to be in closest proximity to proposed Samsung IWT #9… an area adjacent to the Wardell Creek watershed which was an area specifically addressed by an Appellant participating in the Haldimand County Samsung ERT…. an appeal which, as you all know, was dismissed by the panel!

  9. Wolfe Island used to be a major migration route for the Monarch Butterfly.
    The Monarch to avoid the long flight over open water of Lake Ontario, would concentrate their numbers
    taking a route where they only had to cross smaller stretches of the St. Lawrence River.
    Every September they would come by individually during the day. The island allowed for a relatively short flight across the open river waters on both the Canadian and US sides streamed to Montreal and the Atlantic Ocean.

    The Wolfe Island Wind Turbine complex is a major barrier on the migration route. At a key bottleneck, where the Monarch Butterfly is forced to funnel their numbers to avoid the open lake., The turbines are a major obstacle.

    It used to be that in the first two weeks of September the Monarchs would feed and travel across the island by day. But at sunset, the Monarchs sought shelter for the night. Just as the Monarchs winter down in Mexico by draping themselves in huge numbers over the leaves and branches of trees, the migrating Monarchs of Wolfe Island, on their migratory journey, would gather in large numbers on the quaking aspens that grow wild, like weed trees. The resting Monarchs when they brought their wings together looked like quaking leaves of the tree. The Monarchs were able to gather in large numbers every night camouflaged and sheltered by the Quaking Aspen. The monarchs would gather favoring the down wind side of the tree. This habitat of Aspen trees, and this migration route is now surrounded and covered by the Wolfe Island Wind Turbine Complex consisting of 86 supersized turbines.

    The Monarch Butterfly was already an endangered species before the turbines were erected. Since the the erection of the turbine complex it is a rarity to see one or two free flying butterflies. But, we have not seen the mass numbers of migrating Monarchs covering the trees. They are not able to take the traditional migration route in numbers. The Wolfe Island Wind Complex is an environmental hazard contributing to the demise of an endangered species daily and annually reducing the numbers that pass through this classic and historic migration route that must have been here for thousands of years before man. The monarch is unique in the insect world in that it has the survival of their species enabled by virtue of traveling from the north where winter would kill the species and have the ability to travel thousands of miles to a winter refuge . In the spring the cycle starts up again.

    No study was conducted by either the government or the turbine complex manager
    on the numbers of butterflies that this may have effected. But the legacy of the decisions made one sight location of the turbines on a major butterfly highway can only be seen as catastrophic for the Monarch Butterfly.

    • More bad news from Wolfe Island!

      And another example of how things can’t be proven until after the fact.

  10. It’s quite sad that people hate on the oil and gas industry in Canada. We have the best regulations in the world. If a burrowing owl is spotted on a lease, a third party environmental consultant must come out and assess whether or not it can be safely moved, or if operationd must be relocated. This applies to all species. The environmental protection plan is substantial and well defined in scope. Regulations are stringent and fines are excessive. Instead Ontario prefers to import their oil from Venezuela, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. Countries that have next to no regulations, safety standards or ethics. Now you have wind turbine woes. While my heart goes out to people and animals affected by turbines, I am frustrated that the uninformed have such strong opinions against an industry that greatly benefits the economy and that tries its best to do right by Canadians. People prefer a complete lack of environmental regulations and ethics to the best regulations in the world. Funny that. Public approval and stakeholder relations are regulated. Peoples concerns aren’t ignored by our government or the regulator. If I were a resident of Ontario (I’m a
    born and raised Torontonian that moved west for the mountains) I would demand regulations for so called green energy, meet the stringent requirements that the oil and gas industry meets in Alberta. Ontario could learn lots from the Alberta Energy Regulator. Have a look at EPEA, it might provide wind resistance citizens with a framework to follow when it comes to wildlife conservation and much more.
    The Environmental Enhancement and Protection Act (EPEA) https://www.aer.ca/documents/enerfaqs/EPEA_FS.pdf

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