Wind Industry Uses Fake Numbers to Cover Up Mass Bird & Bat Slaughter

The wind industry will never be accused of transparency or honesty.

Every new wind power project is going to power 100,000 homes and suck millions of tons of CO2 gas from the atmosphere [note to Ed, please check what plants will do with less CO2?] and create hundreds of new jobs.

Notwithstanding that the occupants of the apocryphal 100,000 ‘wind powered’ homes would be left sitting freezing or boiling in the dark 70% of the time, if actually left to rely on the wind farm in question. Or that the wind industry never counts the extra CO2 pumped out of power stations forced to ramp their plant up and down like a yo-yo to accommodate the chaotic occasional delivery of wind power into the grid. And, in this country, at least, permanent wind industry jobs number a few hundred, rather than the tens of thousands promised.

In short, wind industry ‘statistics’ are generally a game of ‘pick a figure and double it’. Unless, of course, the numbers in question are adverse to the ‘clean, green’ narrative.

One set of numbers that embarrasses the wind industry and leaves its acolytes stewing in their own hypocritical juices, is the bird and bat carcass count.

The wind industry’s annual avian carnage amounts to millions. But, if the industry had its way, you’d never know it.

Here is a little analysis from Jim Weigand on the lengths to which the wind industry goes to cover-up a mounting body of (helpfully decaying) evidence.

A scientific review of the Maple Ridge, New York wind turbine mortality studies
Jim Weigand
July 2017

On the surface wind industry mortality research appears very credible, but upon expert scrutiny, there are always study methodologies to be found that hide mortality data. Then along with these studies I discover the obvious omission of facts, a lack of important information and an avoidance of important follow-up studies. With wind energy research, there really is no true science and the industry makes up research methodologies to suit their needs. It has been this way for decades.

While the Maple Ridge 3-year mortality study was not scientific, I will show, it did adhere to the ongoing wind industry pattern of severely flawed, inconsistent and unscientific research. There is a lot I could add about this flawed study, but I will only touch on enough proof needed to illustrate a lack of science a lack of good judgement and to make it clear to all, that most of the mortality went unreported.

The lesson from Maple ridge for everyone, is this, just because data is collected and then used in complex calculations, does make it science or the truth. The study methodologies for this study were flawed those conducting true experts should have known better.

The Maple Ridge wind farm study claimed to use 120 by 130 meter rectangular search plot and then produced calculations for a circular area out to 90 meters from towers. The corners in this imaginary round search plot represented 90 meters. I use the word imaginary because the total average search areas in the study were about 11,300 sq. meters or only 71% of the stated 120 by 130 meters rectangle.

As I will show, this methodology produced severely flawed calculations and left a substantial amount of turbine mortality unreported. I also want to point out that this search area size selected for these large turbines is not much bigger than the search areas used for the thousands of searches used around Altamont’s 100kW turbines. The small turbines at Altamont Turbines have a rotor sweep of about 200 sq. meters each. The Maple Ridge turbines, were 26 times larger having 5278 sq. meters of rotor sweep.

Going into this study all the researchers involved should have known better than to restrict the carcass study areas and follow-up calculations, to a 120 by 130-meter area around these very large turbines.

The unscientific methodology used for this study also restricted searchers to only look at an average search area size of about 60 meters out from towers leaving 81% of the total study area 60-90 meters, not actually searched. The area beyond 60 meters is very important because for a turbine this size, this is the area where researchers should have expected to find the most carcasses.

If study design allowed for searches out to 150 meters and then added appropriate numbers for carcasses out to 200 meters. I could fully understand. Yet this entire area was avoided in the study. The reality in all this is that is that when considering a minimum search area of 150 meter, that should have used, searches missed over 95% of the areas around these turbines where carcass would have been found.

Jim Weigand

The full article is available in PDF here: Maple_Ridge_Review_8_7

Another one the wind industry didn’t want to have counted.

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Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Patti Kellar and commented:
    Care about birds? Read this….

  2. As a Lover of wedge tail Eagles and other birds of prey, this one in Waterloo South Australia, was found Dead just 3 km from my home. In the article the dead eagle Waterloo, three wedge-tailed eagle nesting areas identified before the turbines began to operate on property owned by 2 of my friends/neighbours are no longer active. I have not seen a Wedge Tail Eagle from the moment on after that one was found Dead, I was told by my neighbour that the nest have been empty for some time now.

    • Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

      A wind turbine kills an eagle – It happens at least 5 times each day in America…….. In the article this dead eagle image came from, several important statements were made…………… http://www.theaustralian.com.au/…/where-eagles-dare-n…/news-

      “It may help to explain why, according to one local ranger, three wedge-tailed eagle nesting areas identified before the turbines began to operate 18 months ago are no longer active.”

      “Department of Environment and Natural Resources district manager Ian Falkenberg said initial observations of the eagle remains showed a punctured skull and major fractures of the right wing, including a significant break about three inches from the shoulder.”

      “GPS readings showed the remains were located 180m from the base of the tower.”

      “Mr Falkenberg said eagles in the mid-north of South Australia were in lower numbers than in other parts of the state and considered “vulnerable” at a regional assessment level.

      “He said prior to the wind turbines at Waterloo, there were three eagle territories but was not aware of any of those territories now being active.”

      This article also included wind energy approved statements, bolstered with fraudulent research. A typical ploy from this terrible industry. These false statements were used to deflect from the abandoned eagle nesting territories, a devastating impact occurring one project at a time, all over the world.

      “According to wind farm operator TRUenergy, there are still active wedge-tailed eagle populations in the hills.

      TRUenergy spokeswoman Sarah Stent said: “Eagle monitoring on site of resident population today shows no decrease in bird numbers.”

      Of particular note, this eagle carcass was found 180 meters from the nearest turbine. Due to corruption and rigging, in America wind Industry search areas in general are only 50-75 meters out from these massive towers. Dead eagles also do not have to be reported. The Denver Eagle Repository receives about 3000 eagles a year or 5-10 each day. Most are of these carcasses are being shipped from wind farm freezers but the Interior Department is concealing this information. Recently with the Interior Department’s approval, new laws were passed that allow 4200 bald eagles (about 12 each day) to be killed each year by industry. Most of them will be a wind turbine harvest. https://www.facebook.com/WiegandsWindow

  3. videos:

    eagle hit http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8NAAzBArYdw

    —–

    http://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/guest-columnists/industrial-wind-is-destroying-iowas-eagle-habitats-20151227

    Wind farms are clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings, with spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet’s wingspan. Though the blades appear to move slowly, they can reach speeds of up to 170 mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/12/house-panel-subpoenas-white-house-on-wind-power-eagle-deaths/

    Bob Sallinger with the Audubon Society of Portland said wind farms across the country have killed more than 80 eagles over the last decade.

    “If you have dozens and dozens of them on the landscape it is basically a giant Cuisinart for birds,” said Sallinger. “Bald eagles took decades to recover … we almost lost them because of DDT. Golden eagles are a species biologists are concerned about because they appear to be declining.” http://www.kgw.com/news/Official-Wind–257599781.html

    “Improperly sited and operated wind energy facilities can kill significant numbers of federally protected birds and other species,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, urging developers to follow the Service’s Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines. “That’s why it’s imperative that wind energy developers work with the Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize these impacts at every stage in the process.”
    Commercial wind power projects can cause the deaths of federally protected birds in four primary ways: collision with wind turbines, collision with associated meteorological towers, collision with, or electrocution by, associated electrical power facilities, and nest abandonment or behavior avoidance from habitat modification.
    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/utility-company-sentenced-wyoming-killing-protected-birds-wind-projects-0

    A recent study by federal and state scientists found that U.S. wind turbines could kill up to 1.4 million birds of all species per year by 2030 as the wind energy industry continues to expand. http://www.ibtimes.com/should-wind-turbines-be-allowed-kill-eagles-debate-ratchets-bird-group-lawsuit-1607240

    “Chokecherry and Sierra Madre, the largest onshore wind farm planned in the United States, would annually kill 10 to 14 golden eagles, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service projected in a draft environmental study released Wednesday. That figure represents a substantial reduction from the 46 to 64 golden eagle fatalities estimated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in 2012.
    http://trib.com/business/energy/feds-project-reduction-in-eagle-deaths-at-chokecherry-and-sierra/article_d0a88aec-3145-5cd2-8f7f-503b421275b1.html

  4. Bird and Bat Mortality is WELL DOCUMENTED! Unlike ‘sweeping’ estimations of other sources of mortality with NO DOCUMENTATION, NO PAST MEDIA, NO PAST STUDIES, and NO PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE to prove. I have never seen a dead bird from windows, have you? Our adopted feral cat eats rodents and rabbits. Around Latrobe Valley coal power stations there are over 100,000Ha of plantations for the birds and recreational lakes from the holes for the ducks. Buildings and homes actually create habitat for a lot of birds.
    Wind emits infrasound that is damaging to human and animal health eg. 1600 Mink Abortions in Dnmark. The ultrasound interferes with Whale and Bat sonars and Bats are even attracted to it happarently. Inefficient and unreliable wind farms and mega transmissions are threatening bird and other animal populations. A lot of scavengers clean up carcasses that should also be factored into studies. What we do know is wind turbines cause bird mortality. Even one endangered Wedge-tail Eagle is too many.

  5. Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

    In the article the dead eagle Waterloo image came from, important statements were made…………… “It may help to explain why, according to one local ranger, three wedge-tailed eagle nesting areas identified before the turbines began to operate 18 months ago are no longer active.”

    “Department of Environment and Natural Resources district manager Ian Falkenberg said initial observations of the eagle remains showed a punctured skull and major fractures of the right wing, including a significant break about three inches from the shoulder.”

    “GPS readings showed the remains were located 180m from the base of the tower.”

    “Mr Falkenberg said eagles in the mid-north of South Australia were in lower numbers than in other parts of the state and considered “vulnerable” at a regional assessment level.

    He said prior to the wind turbines at Waterloo, there were three eagle territories but was not aware of any of those territories now being active.”

    This article also included wind energy approved statements, bolstered with fraudulent research. These were used to deflect from the abandoned eagle nesting territories, an impact occurring one project at a time, all over the world.

    “According to wind farm operator TRUenergy, there are still active wedge-tailed eagle populations in the hills.

    TRUenergy spokeswoman Sarah Stent said: “Eagle monitoring on site of resident population today shows no decrease in bird numbers.”

    Of particular note this eagle carcass was found 180 meters from the nearest turbine. Due to corruption and rigging, in America wind Industry search areas in general are only 50-75 meters out from these massive towers. Dead eagles also do not have to be reported. The Denver Eagle Repository receives about 3000 eagles a year or 5-10 each day. Most are of these carcasses being shipped from wind farm freezers but the Interior Department is concealing this information. Recently with the interior Department’s approval, new laws were passed to allow 4200 bald eagles to be killed each year by industry. Most of them will be a wind turbine harvest.

  6. Wouldn’t put it past them if they timed their “data collection” to coincide with scavengers having removed most of the damning evidence.

    • Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

      The wind industry uses many tricks to influence carcass data in their research. In the mortality report for the Criterion wind turbines, it
      was claimed that “searchers systematically searched along predetermined transects in their search plots.” I was told something completely different by an eyewitness with hunting access to the wind farm property(written statement). He observed on two occasions wind farm workers randomly picking up carcasses from the cleared areas around turbines during the time when formal mortality surveys were being conducted. These two people were seen quickly picking up carcasses from the clear areas (roads and graveled areas)around the turbines. These areas were also the designated search areas for the study.
      They were seen dumping carcasses in a bucket and quickly driving off to the next turbine. They were not seen with a pen, no hand-held devices, a computer, no notebooks, they did nothing but grab bodies and drive off. This eyewitness even talked with them and saw bat carcasses in their bucket. They did not appear to be professional and barely spoke English. He also said he
      would be willing to testify to what he saw. This reported activity was likely an organized pre-scan for carcasses ahead of formal searches so mortality data would show fewer carcasses. .
      This observed activity was nothing close to being scientific
      These turbines are also located in the known habitat of the endangered Indiana bat. Of course none were reported as being killed and this filtering is probably why.
      In my evaluation of this 7-month wind industry study, I
      believe over 25,000 bat fatalities and about 7800 bird fatalities were concealed. This represents a death rate of 111 birds/MW and 357 bats per/MW or nearly 468 birds and bats killed per MW per year. This was the estimated mortality from just 28–2.5 MW turbines in Maryland. Tiny search areas around theses huge turbines amounted to what was claimed to be about 68% of a
      50-meter distance from towers. These turbines had blades 50 meters in length and search areas and data should have allowed for launched carcasses out to at least 200 meters from the turbines.
      I have contacted the Interior Department about all this several times and they never responded back to me.
      Are turbine carcasses being hidden? Yes,yes,yes, and my discrete meeting/interview with an employed wind tech, confirms that eagle carcasses are also being hidden. He told me about 5 eagles killed in one month that were not reported.
      I wrote about this meeting in this post……The Wind Tech

  7. Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

    Thank you for posting this. Real scientists conduct real research and publish real scientific results. Wind industry research is fraudulent garbage. I have proven it a hundred ways in my articles and if can ever get into a courtroom to confront these fakes, I will add even more proof to the list. I do not care who the scientist or who the expert speaking on behalf of the wind industry, when given the opportunity, I will easily expose then for the highly paid sellout fakes they are.

  8. Ross King says:

    Busy attending Sierra Club meetings, and listening with rapt attention to their propaganda (perhaps they should listen with raptor attention??)

  9. 131Rte.776. Grand Manan,N.B. E5G1 says:

    This is a small island where possibly 5-6 wind turbines will be erected, supposedly not in the flypaths. We are just being visited by a rare, for us, burrowing owl–a dear creature, diurnal, so visible each day. We also connect to the mainland power grid by undersea cable that is slated to be renewed. The wind turbines are not needed, and, of course, require 100% backup anyway, so why build them? (Residents are to be “given” 51% ownership–and that means majority responsibility!)

    • Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

      There is not a species on this planet that this industry actually cares about. This is an industry made up of greedy city dwellers. If an owl, bat or other species disappears, so what? Nothing in their lives changes. They will only stop with these insane projects when the good people stand up to them. As it is dozens of endangered species are destined to become extinct in the near future because of wind energy.

      But because this industry hides their carcasses from their data, wind energy mortality to endangered species is being reported to be about 0.0 per MW across the world.

      In the UK, wind turbines supposedly kill virtually no raptors. This is a complete fraud being perpetrated on the people in the UK by the wind industry, the RSPB, the government and the UK’s institutions of higher learning. It is a fact that a slaughter to eagles and other species takes place everywhere these species have to share the same habitat with wind turbines. The UK is hiding this with corruption, lies and propaganda.
      One of the ways the UK is hiding their green energy eagle slaughter is with a “Raptor Prosecution site”. This site is dedicated to accepting fraudulent eagle population research and blaming anything but wind turbines for the UK’s disappearing raptors. Just for the record, I am not allowed to post anything to this site. Scotland is currently killing off their once fabulous golden eagle populations with their green, clean Eco-friendly wind energy. But this fact is being hidden by corrupt entities.
      Absolute facts…. In 1997 when America had just 1/35 of the installed wind energy we have today, wind energy was already listed as one of the primary sources of eagle carcasses. I have this in writing. But thanks to laws put in place by the Clinton Administration, nothing since has been disclosed about wind energy, dead eagles and the Eagle Repository.
      Since 1997 the numbers of eagle carcasses from wind energy has grown every year and as of 2016 over 35,000 eagles have been secretly shipped to the Denver Eagle Repository. Wind energy requirements are a little different in America than the UK. Here One of the few things actually required of the wind industry by the Interior Department, is that they must collect all eagle carcasses for Native Americans, keep them fresh in wind project freezers and then ship them on to the Denver Repository is special insulated containers provided by the USFWS. The UK requires nothing. W
      Despite what the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is SPB is claiming, there are not 508 pairs of golden eagles in Scotland and their populations are not increasing.There might be only 100 pairs left. The Scotland studies have ignored science and have deliberately used incredibly flawed data building methodology. But just Audubon here in America, RSPB receives funding, accepts fraudulent research as credible, and has become a mouthpiece for the wind industry.
      In 2015, a golden eagle population survey with methodology similar to Scotland’s last two studies, was conducted here in America. This bogus USGS study embellished actual eagle numbers, estimated to be 280 pairs, by more than ten times, even though they could only document 11 active/occupied eagle nests that produced offspring. I have the proof.

  10. You have to wonder where are the twitcher society is on this ? You would think they would be horified …

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