Wind Development Threatens Iconic American Birds

Safeguards needed to prevent population declines in the Whooping Crane and Greater Sage-Grouse, and reduce mass mortality among eagles and songbirds

The American Bird Conservancy weighs in on wind farms and their concerns for many rare bird species.

Wind Development Threatens Iconic American Birds.
American Bird Conservancy Press Release

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Oregon Field Guide — Wind and Bats

17,000 dead bats/year in Oregon before a proposed 15-fold increase in wind energy.

The drumbeat behind the “green energy” movement is beating louder for wind farms across the landscape, especially on public lands. At the rate that things are going there may be huge effects on bats and birds of many types. Oregon Field Guide has done a segment investigating the impacts on bats in particular and they are severe.

I fail to see how something that causes such negative impacts on wildlife could be called “green”.

Oregon Field Guide — Wind and Bats
Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon.

Sunflower © Ken Cole

Sunflower © Ken Cole

Memorial Day Weekend Trip in Photos

My wife and I went to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeastern Oregon for Memorial Day weekend to do some bird watching and a little fishing.  I had intended to post this shortly afterwards but other stories and a trip to Massachusetts and Maine got in the way.

We took a day trip through the Catlow Basin and through part of the Alvord Basin to Coyote Lake Basin as well. While there I did a little fishing for the Willow/Whitehorse Creek Cutthroat which is a minor subspecies of Lahontan Cutthroat. I caught and photographed two of these fish.

Phlox © Ken Cole

Phlox © Ken Cole

Blooming Desert © Ken Cole

Blooming Desert © Ken Cole

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Don’t Blame Mother Nature for the airplane crash

Human activity is indirectly adding large birds to skies near airports-

Don’t Blame Mother Nature for the Crash. The editors. 2 articles. New York Times

Study shows mimimal risk to common farm birds from wind turbines

Wind turbines and birds-

“A recent study has concluded that wind turbines pose less of a risk to farmland birds than previously thought.”

Birds Not At Risk From Wind Turbines [misleading headline]. Red Orbit.

While the study on European farmland birds shows small effect — good news — the headline above overgeneralizes.