‘Green’ Energy Carnage: Vultures Join Eagles in Wind Industry’s Growing Carcass Count

In the battle for hearts and minds, the one issue that seems to annoy the wind industry like a burr under a frisky pony’s saddle blanket is the wholesale slaughter of millions of birds and bats. It’s an inconvenient truth to be sure. But, as with everything that the wind industry does, if you can’t keep a straight face while lying about it any more, then pull out all stops and cover it up.

The rampant slaughter of millions of birds and bats – includies rare, endangered and majestic species, like America’s iconic bald and golden eagles. The default response from the wind industry is to lie like fury and – when the corpses can no longer be hidden and the lying fails – to issue court proceedings to literally bury those facts (see our post here).

Unlikely to win a beauty contest head-to-head with North America’s golden eagle, the turkey vulture is still an apex predator, critical to a healthy ecosystem. It’s never going to match the icon status of its handsome cousin, but on the wind industry’s carcass count, the turkey vulture is fast catching up.

Turkey Vultures Vs Niagra Wind
Mothers Against Wind Turbines
16 April 2018

Spring has returned and with it turkey vultures (Scientific name: Cathartes aurahave). These raptors soar long distances riding high on thermals of air with long outstretched wings. They hunt not by sight, but by an acute sense of smell searching for carrion to feast upon. Social, gregarious and highly intelligent they are often seen flying, feeding and roosting in communal groups.

One of their unique forms of protection against threats is the ability to projectile vomit acidic stomach contents at will. Difficult birds to launch from the ground they take running leaps to lift off and can jettison stomach contents to lighten their weight to aide becoming airborne. They are meticulous about their personal hygiene and serve an essential function as clean- up crews for the environment.

A kettle of turkey vultures seen thermalling in the blade sweep of an Enercon wind turbine part of Niagara wind project. (Video filmed April 2018).

 

 

Notice the wind turbine blade sweep movement results in driving a bird downwards out of a soaring climb.

Turbine blade sweep is part of increasing environmental habitat fragmentation and disruption created by wind facilities construction and operations. Mortality strikes (kills) occur in airspace directly disrupted by turbine blade sweeps. As increasing numbers of wind turbines are erected increased adverse environmental impacts are occurring for avian species. Habitat disrupted or avoidance= habitat loss.

Impacts are not only local but include those on a global scale. Flying the global flyways has become an even more dangerous journey with annual migrations spiked with increasing 1000s of wind turbines. Wind power is disrupting avian movements and prefered habitat use on a local and world-wide basis which begs the question: How sustaining and green is that?
Mothers Against Wind Turbines

Another ‘green’ energy victim in the making.

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

  1. swan101 says:

    Reblogged this on UPPER SONACHAN WIND FARM and commented:
    Added to effects upon humans, the overall losses of wildlife of all kinds is truly terrifying and escalating together with the numbers of IWTs. People are being ‘programmed’ to accept such losses as unavoidable/necessary collateral damage attached to climate change needs. CO2 is not a toxin. The jury of scientific opinion is out on what effect this gas (which we need to survive) actually has on our climate when solar activity is in the frame together with other possible elements worthy of study/consideration. Once again the lack of understanding is monumental with high-jacking of ‘green’ agendas being rife and peppered with misinformation. Where it is right to seek to clean up our air and seas from TOXINS produced by heavy industry etc., this should not mean a blanket adoption of technologies proven to be harmful to all forms of life. E.g wind power via audible and full spectrum noise emissions (also of serious concern for sea life) and the rising levels of carnage as indicated by this article. See further evidence on websites such as http://www.windsofjustice.org & http://www.wcfn.org

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