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Wind turbine threat to birds a falsehood

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has joined a host of engineering and business organisations plus the National Farmers’ Union and the environmental campaign group 10:10 Climate Action in writing an open letter (August 5) to the new energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng. This letter calls for Government support for new onshore wind … Continue reading Wind turbine threat to birds a falsehood

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New industry research effort on wildlife takes flight with seven new promising projects

Wind power is once again taking the lead on wildlife conservation. At AWEA’s Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference, the Wind Wildlife Research Fund (WWRF), an industry-led initiative to pool investment for wind and wildlife solutions, announced support for seven research projects aimed at tackling the industry’s most difficult wildlife challenges. The initiatives are … Continue reading New industry research effort on wildlife takes flight with seven new promising projects

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Research Projects Funded through the Wind Energy Wildlife Research Fund

Leaders of the Wind Wildlife Research Fund announced that the Fund, a new wind industry-led initiative to pool investment for wind-wildlife solutions, raised $828,000 to support and implement seven priority research projects in 2019. By investing in key research, the Fund aims to develop solutions to wildlife challenges, focus conservation efforts, expedite wind energy siting … Continue reading Research Projects Funded through the Wind Energy Wildlife Research Fund

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Tasmanian wind farm installs new aerial surveillance technology to protect Aussie eagles

A Tasmanian wind farm will set up sophisticated aerial detection technology at its Castle Hill Wind Farm, to help protect Australia’s native wedge-tail eagle.   Developed by IdentiFlight in partnership with the operator of the clean energy facility Goldwind Australia, the site is the first location in Australia to implement the warning system. Using tower-mounted … Continue reading Tasmanian wind farm installs new aerial surveillance technology to protect Aussie eagles

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Wind’s golden eagle impacts remain low

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has released new data that should ease the minds of those concerned about wind energy’s potential impacts on golden eagles—it confirms impacts remain small. Causes of eagle mortality USFWS studied causes of mortality of satellite tagged North American golden eagles from 1997 to 2013. Researchers then extrapolated their … Continue reading Wind’s golden eagle impacts remain low

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Wind power and wildlife thrive together

National Bird Day is today and it offers a good chance to share the positive story about wind energy and birds. Cleaner air, healthier habitats What do some of America’s most respected conservation groups think about wind power? “Audubon strongly supports properly sited wind power as a renewable energy source that helps reduce the threats … Continue reading Wind power and wildlife thrive together

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Wind energy is better for birds in the long run

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been criticized for granting 30-year wind farm permits that could lead to the deaths of thousands of eagles. Although the National Audubon Society is among the organizations objecting to the length of these permits, it may surprise some to know that Audubon “strongly supports properly sited wind power” … Continue reading Wind energy is better for birds in the long run

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Wind power and eagles can successfully coexist

As one of the leading solutions to combat carbon pollution, growing wind energy is an effective way to protect America’s landscapes and wildlife. Scientists agree that climate change is the greatest threat to our nation’s plants and animals, and zero-carbon energy sources will play a critical role in ensuring these populations remain healthy and abundant. … Continue reading Wind power and eagles can successfully coexist

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Wind energy helps protect wildlife by reducing carbon pollution

Scientists overwhelmingly agree that climate change poses the largest threat to many of the planet’s wildlife populations, and since wind power is the biggest, fastest, cheapest way to cut harmful carbon pollution, it remains one of the most effective ways to protect them. That includes bats. While there are many significant human-caused threats to bats, … Continue reading Wind energy helps protect wildlife by reducing carbon pollution

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American Bird Conservancy overlooks how wind energy protects wildlife

The American Bird Conservancy is suggesting blocking off the majority of the US (yellow and red areas) to wind energy development, which is incompatible with scaling up wind power enough to address climate change — the biggest threat that wildlife will face this century. A flawed report by the American Bird Conservancy suggests blocking off … Continue reading American Bird Conservancy overlooks how wind energy protects wildlife

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Conservationists see wind energy’s benefits

A recent anti-wind energy opinion piece on birds overlooked that climate change is the greatest threat to birds and other wildlife, and that wind energy is one of the most affordable, effective and widely available ways to reduce carbon pollution and help mitigate the impacts of climate change. We all consume energy and it has … Continue reading Conservationists see wind energy’s benefits

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Impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats

USGS has released a preliminary methodology to assess the population level impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats. This wind energy impacts assessment methodology is the first of its kind, evaluating national to regional scale impacts of those bats and birds that breed in and migrate through the United States. The methodology … Continue reading Impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats

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Wind energy industry has legacy of caring for wildlife

The recent headline, “Glass architecture killing millions of migratory birds” set off quite an internal debate within our organization – but not for the reasons you might expect. You see, we’ve battled for years in the wind industry to get to a place where any public discussion about protecting birds begins with the science to … Continue reading Wind energy industry has legacy of caring for wildlife

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Iberdrola Renewables Seeks Applicants for Wildlife Grants

Iberdrola Renewables today announced it is seeking applicants for its 2015 Wildlife Protection Program (WPP) grants. The company’s ongoing “Legacy of Caring” campaign for wildlife and habitat awards WPP grants to avian rehabilitation groups. These partners play an important role in rehabilitation, community education and scientific understanding of birds of prey. Recipients in 2014 included … Continue reading Iberdrola Renewables Seeks Applicants for Wildlife Grants

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Wind turbines aims to limit harm to birds

The threat posed to birds by wind turbines has long been debated. A wind farm being built off Finland’s west coast will feature a new system designed to limit the danger — potentially setting a new standard for future wind power facilities in the country.   The 11-turbine maritime wind farm to open next summer on Tahkoluoto Island … Continue reading Wind turbines aims to limit harm to birds

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Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, cell towers

Wind turbines kill far fewer birds in North America than do cats or collisions with cell towers, says a study out Monday. As wind power expands in the United States, critics often blame giant turbine blades for bird deaths. What’s billed as the most comprehensive analysis ever of these fatalities says birds face far greater … Continue reading Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, cell towers

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Wind farm operators also are seeking ways to reduce bird collisions

As wind power become more and more commonplace, one frequently hears about the dangers that wind turbines pose to birds. Multiple studies have looked at bird mortality due to collisions with these wind turbines. Indeed, estimates are that from 150,000 and 300,000 birds fall victim to wind turbines each year and with increasing numbers of … Continue reading Wind farm operators also are seeking ways to reduce bird collisions

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Bats killed by wind turbines at a wind farm in Nevada is down sharply

Federal land managers say the number of bats killed by wind turbines at a wind farm in White Pine County is down sharply from a year ago. Paul Podborny of the federal Bureau of Land Management’s Ely District Office says 23 bats have died at the Spring Valley Wind Farm so far this year compared … Continue reading Bats killed by wind turbines at a wind farm in Nevada is down sharply

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Wind power causes only a tiny fraction of bird deaths

Wind power is responsible for a fraction of a percent of human-caused bird fatalities. Yet the wind energy industry does more to scientifically evaluate and then avoid, minimize, and mitigate wildlife impacts than any other source of energy generation and the vastly greater forms of human impacts such as buildings, power lines, and telecommunication towers. … Continue reading Wind power causes only a tiny fraction of bird deaths

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