[nfc-l] [Fwd: Re: Wind farm/bird collision solution in Texas]

2009-05-03 Thread Chris Tessaglia-Hymes


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Subject:Re: Wind farm/bird collision solution in Texas
Date:   Sun, 3 May 2009 12:39:00 -0400
From:   Bill Evans 
Reply-To:   Bill Evans 
To: John and Sue Gregoire , 
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I should add that among the numerous acts of misinformation in the article 
that John cited is the estimate that only "7000 birds" are killed a year by 
wind turbines in the US. Anyone can do a little research on the web to 
debunk this.

We are approaching 30,000 wind turbines in the US now and we have about 500 
in New York. A bird and bat fatality study at the ~200-turbine Maple Ridge 
wind project on the Tug Hill Plateau in northern NY estimated that project 
alone killed ~2000 birds in only a 5 month period from July through November 
2006 [I am happy to send anyone the study].

The current number of birds killed at US wind turbines per year is difficult 
to estimate because Texas, with 10,000+ turbines, has not yet produced a 
credible fatality study. But estimates I've seen that are widely accepted 
put the figure at more than an order of magnitude higher than 7000 and 
growing rapidly. Whoever wrote the article John cited did not do there 
research.

Bill Evans




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Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 8:45 AM
Subject: Wind farm/bird collision solution in Texas


> We may finally have a solution to wind farm bird collisions. The radar 
> based system
> being employed in Texas appears to be effective. It would be a logical 
> requirement
> for all commercial wind installations. See this link:
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2009/apr/30/texas-wind-farm-migrating-birds
> John
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[nfc-l] [Fwd: Re: Wind farm/bird collision solution in Texas]

2009-05-03 Thread Chris Tessaglia-Hymes


 Original Message 
Subject:Re: Wind farm/bird collision solution in Texas
Date:   Sun, 3 May 2009 12:03:22 -0400
From:   Bill Evans 
Reply-To:   Bill Evans 
To: , "John and Sue Gregoire" 
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This radar scam appears to be in full service as a PR campaign well before 
any critical peer-review of its effectiveness.

Bird migration in the coastal bend of Texas is going on 24/7 for 9 months a 
year. It is true that a radar system can detect flying animals and wind 
turbines might therefore be shutdown on nights with some predetermined 
density of migration. But the combination of the protracted breadth of 
migration in the Texas coastal bend and the massive quantity of birds 
traversing this region (possibly the densest annual bird migration rate in 
all of the Americas) is not likely to make such radar measures effective for 
anything other than PR.

It simply doesn't make sense economically or environmentally to build large 
commercial wind farms in locations where dense migrations would necessitate 
them to be shut off for significant periods. This was a hideous location for 
a wind project from the bird impact standpoint, a terrible precedent for the 
wind industry, and a testament to the ineffiveness of our Government (Fish & 
Wildlife Service) and our nature and conservation orgs (e.g. Audubon, Sierra 
Club, NWF etc) for implementing bird-safe siting of industrial wind projects 
in this region of the US (texas).

These are our birds that are and will be killed by this project for decades 
to come -- perhaps a lawsuit against the state of texas is in order.

Bill Evans


- Original Message - 
From: "John and Sue Gregoire" 
To: ; 
Cc: ; ; 

Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 8:45 AM
Subject: Wind farm/bird collision solution in Texas

> We may finally have a solution to wind farm bird collisions. The radar 
> based system
> being employed in Texas appears to be effective. It would be a logical 
> requirement
> for all commercial wind installations. See this link:
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2009/apr/30/texas-wind-farm-migrating-birds
> John
> -- 
> John and Sue Gregoire
> Field Ornithologists
> Kestrel Haven Avian Migration Observatory
> 5373 Fitzgerald Road
> Burdett,NY 14818-9626
> Website: http://www.empacc.net/~kestrelhaven/
> "Conserve and Create Habitat"
>
>
>
>
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