Callous Carnage: Wind Industry Slicing & Dicing Threatened Bird & Bat Species With Impunity

The latest meme amongst climate alarmists is that the rate of species extinction is running rampantly out-of-control. So dire are the warnings that, if they materialise, we’ll be lucky if we get to spot any kind of critter crawling the earth, in a decade or two.

However, there wouldn’t be much sport in criticising hysterical – the-sky-is-falling – twaddle, if it wasn’t bound up with a healthy dose of high-handed hypocrisy.

This is the same crowd that constantly berate us with their belief that only windmills and solar panels can save us from imminent global incineration and, by corollary, prevent the endangered from becoming extinct.

Well, it turns out that the purported panacea to the planet’s perceived ills is doing a pretty fair job of eradicating the last remaining examples of certain of our avian accomplices, all by itself.

Here’s a trifecta from India, Luxembourg and the US.

Wind farms downing avian visitors
Deccan Herald
Kaylan Ray
27 May 2019

Two wind farms in Karnataka and Gujarat present fresh evidence of how such green energy sources have turned out to be the killing fields for birds.

With an installed capacity of more than 32,000 MW, India is the world’s fourth largest producers of wind energy which plans to generate 60 GW by 2022.

But the massive scale-up target may be counter-productive to the birds, particularly the migratory ones and raptors, suggests a new study.

The new evidence comes from two commercial wind farms in Samakhiali region of Kutch in Gujarat and Harapanahalli of Davanagare district of Karnataka.

Indian ornithologists found carcasses of more than 50 birds – including globally threatened Dalmatian pelican and near-threatened painted stork – at the two sites in three years as winged visitors die after colliding with the rotating blades of the wind turbines.

“The numbers would have been more if we were able to do a daily survey. But our survey frequency was once in 40 days. We studied the Kutch unit for three years and Davanagere unit for a year,” Selvaraj Ramesh Kumar, lead researcher from Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai told DH.

The Kutch region is a stopover site for birds migrating through Central Asian Flyway that makes it a bird-rich area with 174 species of birds.

Spread over an area of 120 sq km area, the Gujarat wind farm comprises about 200 turbines, of which 59 were chosen for the study. On the other hand, Located in Hyarada Block-C Reserved Forests, the Davanagere wind farm has 24 wind turbines spread over an area of 56 sq km, all of which were used in the study.

Carcass surveys were conducted at Samakhiali between October 2011 and July 2014 during which 47 bird carcasses belonging to at least 11 species were found. In Harapanahalli wind farm, searched were conducted between January 2014 and February 2015 during which seven carcasses from three species were found.

“This also has ecological implications as several birds of prey species (raptors) are killed. Raptors have very low reproduction rates and they sit on top of the food chain in the avian world. So there are consequences for the ecology,” said V Anoop, a researcher at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore who is a member of the study team.

The ornithologists observe that wind farms must take up bird studies before setting up the wind turbines to find out the suitability of the site.

While scientists abroad carried out several studies on the impact of wind farms on the avian fauna, similar research in the Indian context is few.

The latest study has been published in the May 10 issue of the journal Current Science (PDF).
Deccan Herald

Meanwhile, in Luxembourg it’s the Red Kite that’s being clobbered out of existence.

Wind farm shut down following discovery of red kite cadavers
RTL
23 May 2019

On Thursday morning, the Natur an Ëmwelt (nature and environment) association published a press release reacting to the news. The association queried whether energy produced from wind turbines is detrimental to the environment. To further demonstrate its concern, the association attached images of dead red kites killed by wind turbines.

Red kites are one of the most most widespread species of breeding birds in central Europe and are especially numerous in Wincrange, having sets there. The association argued that the construction of wind farms should not be authorised in areas considered critical natural protection areas, notably where certain bird species nest.

The Ministry of the Environment immediately reacted to the news and requested a detailed report from the ornithological centre. In the meantime, the wind turbines have been suspended. The ministry added that the facility’s operation follows strict constraints in order to protect red kites.
RTL

It’s not just birds being belted out of existence, bats are copping a building, too. Be sure to check out Mark Duchamp’s infrared video in which you’ll see several fatal bat-terings. Oh so clean, oh so green!

Bats Being Struck By Wind Turbines
Save the Eagles International
Mark Duchamp
2019

Bats seem to be attracted to wind turbines. Where bats occur, their mortality at wind farms is about twice as high as it is for birds. On these infrared videos taken at night, one can see bats being struck by the blades.

 

Save the Eagles International

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

  1. Raphael Semmes says:

    Here is a music video on this senseless slaughter – Where Have All the Eagles Gone?

  2. I’ve already been saying this for a long long time, being highly against these DAMN wind farms…they’re inefficient and they’re the killing fields of these birds and animals. …but I’m only met by scepticism.
    Well now you’ve got your evidence…TRAGIC evidence. And just because the other types of wind masts are more expensive , they don’t put them up…to the expense of yet more wildlife. My faith in the human being plummets for everyday. The other masts are without blades and would therefore not be a danger!

  3. Astoundingly with all the world’s efforts to protect life, in the United States, wind farms are “legally” killing hundreds of thousands of birds, eagles, hawks, and bats every year, and it’s appalling that society has given the wind farm industry a FREE get-out-of-jail card!

    In 2017, the former President Obamas’ administration finalized a rule that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years — even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected species anymore that are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Under the new rule, wind farms may acquire an eagle “take” permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that allows the site to participate in nationwide killing of up to 4,200 bald eagles annually, under incidental “take” permits without compensatory mitigation. It’s shocking that wind farms can legally obtain permits from the USFWS to kill those majestic bald eagles.
    Under the rule finalized by Obama in 2017, wind farms may acquire an eagle “take” permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that allows the site to participate in nationwide killing of up to 4,200 bald eagles annually, under incidental “take” permits w/o compensatory mitigation.

  4. Crispin says:

    If wind turbine blades didn’t hit anything, then products like this wouldn’t exist…

    Quote…

    3M™ W8607 Polyurethane Protection Tape for Wind Turbine Blades

    “…resist puncture, tearing, erosion and weathering.”

    Site link…

    https://www.vikingtapes.co.uk/collections/3m-w8607-polyurethane-protection-tape-for-wind-turbine-blades

    End quote.

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