Wind Industry’s Bird & Bat Slaughter: Canadians Expose the ‘Unhelpful’ Numbers

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The wind industry and its parasites have – from the outset – pitched these things as a “planet saving, clean, green and environmentally friendly technology”; which doesn’t quite gel with the wholesale slaughter of birds and bats. Let’s call it an “inconvenient truth” (see our post here).

Were anyone caught shooting eagles or other protected species they would face prosecution.

Kill a relatively common Wedge-Tailed Eagle in Australia and you’ll face 6 months imprisonment or a $10,000 fine. As the stories in these links show – when lads with a .22 do it – there is media “shock” and “outrage” at a crime deemed worthy of serious punishment.

But the operators of wind farms face no such criminal sanction or penalty – and, instead, get to slice and dice birds and bats of all shapes and sizes with impunity (see our posts here and here).

The one thing that these things can’t be accused of is “prejudice”: they’ll slaughter anything that flies by; from bats to lowly seagulls, pelicans, majestic raptors and everything in between.

Understandably, the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers are pretty coy about the numbers of birds and bats sliced, diced and belted to Kingdom come. We’ve seen them crow on their websites about pushing a few MWs into the grid on a wind day, but we’ve yet to see their websites carry a ‘carcass count’ button. Funny about that!

No, getting at those kind of wind industry stats is down to the tenacity of people like Ontario’s Esther Wrightman.

The Right to Know: Releasing Wind Turbine Bird & Bat Death Data
Ontario Wind Resistance
Esther Wrightman
4 August 2016

Yesterday I expected to hear of an “Appeal” (we all detest that word now, don’t we) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) request I filed for the Bird and Bat Mortality Reports for three of NextEra Energy’s wind projects several months ago.

NextEra had asked the FOI office for extra time to file this appeal, and it had been granted, the deadline being yesterday. But instead, and to my great surprise, a letter came from the FOI office and I could distinctly feel a CD case in it – Oh ya! If it was a “mid-summer-everyones-on-vacation” mistake to send these to me, I don’t want to know about it.

Here they are: Bird Bat Mortality Reports for NextEra’s Bornish, Adelaide and Summerhaven (more on what they contain in upcoming posts).

I’ve uploaded these documents (and 45 more!) to a public Google Drive folder that anyone can access, view and download. This was the whole point – to make these documents public because our government and the wind companies won’t!

Bring some transparency to the bird and bat deaths in Canada! Hold these bloody wind companies accountable for the wildlife slaughter they getting away with!

[Keep in mind that this is only partial transparency because the collections and reports are NOT conducted by a third party and are designed to miss a very large portion of the actual deaths. It’s a start, but it’s not the full story by a long shot]

Bird Bat Mortality Monitoring

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Recently we filed FOI’s for the rest of the wind turbine Bird/Bat Mortality Reports in Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Some companies in Nova Scotia actually post their reports on their company websites, but those tend to be the smaller co-ops, never the Big Wind companies. New Brunswick, by the way, just sent them to us without us needing to do an FOI. I like that process much better.

Get your reading glasses out and start ripping through these reports. If you are a lawyer, or a reporter, or a biologist, or a birder – we all need your insight and expertise. And if anyone comes across more reports, send them along and I’ll post them.

The other day a helpful contact wrote this to me:

“These are public trust resources being killed. And the public has a right to know.”

I’ll add that it is also our duty to protect them from our own destructive kind in whatever way we can.
Ontario Wind Resistance

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Esther Wrightman: digs the dirt on bird and bat slaughter.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

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  2. If anyone went trapping these beautiful birds they would be locked up

  3. Reblogged this on Patti Kellar and commented:
    Esther’s still swinging….go girl go.

  4. Reblogged this on Dak's Bays.

  5. Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Why do evil, earth hating climate sceptics have to do the job of the eco-hysterical Greens?

    Maybe it’s because ‘ideology’ (climate zealotry) makes them selective 🤔

    • John Higgins says:

      Climatism – Man!!! Are you effed in the head or what. People who question just how made-made the AGW charade really is with reasonable suggestions and objections should not ever have to endure the kind of name calling that you have treated us to here.

      • Suspect that was just sarcasm John, Climatism and other public sceptics get that and worse hurled at them so often it is easier to mock than cry at the whole tragic mess.

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