Wildlife Report from Peak Keepers of Vermont's Mountains - December 2013

Impacts of Industrial Wind Development on Wildlife and Ridgeline Habitat

Vermont and New Hampshire Mountains- Compiled by Fred Person and Dhyan Nirmegh

Wind farms vs wildlife

The shocking environmental cost of renewable energy
January 5, 2013

Eagle slaughter: Wind farms kill 67

 eagles in 5 years


Sept 2013 The scientists said their figure is likely to be substantially
underestimated, since companies report eagledeaths voluntarily and only a
fraction of those included in their total were discovered during
searches for dead birds by wind-energy companies. The study also
excluded the deadliest place in the country for eagles, a cluster of
wind farms in a northern California area known as Altamont Pass. Wind
farms built there decades ago kill more than 60 per year.

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The Effects of Noise on Wildlife
"Noise does not have to be loud to have negative effects..For birds, bats, and other wildlife, the effects may be more profound."
wind noise-wildlife.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [291.5 KB]

 Summary of Recent Research on Adverse Health Effects of Wind Turbines

                                      20 October 2009

      Compiled by Keith Stelling, MA, MNIMH, Dip Phyt, MCPP (England)

              With additional files from Carmen Krogh, BScPharm

"Reinforcing this body of knowledge is the research that has been conducted on animals. Long term studies by European biologists indicate that habitat disturbance and abandonment takes place around wind turbine developments. Further research on animals indicates that basic survival functions such as hunting, self protection and reproduction are interrupted by low frequency noise exposure."






                               FAQ-Impact on Wildlife 


                          compiled by National Wind Watch



Feds look other way as wind farms kill birds -- but haul oil and gas firms to  court

The wind sector has had an exemption from prosecution under two of America’s  oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle  Protection Act. A violation of either law could result in a fine up to $250,000  or two years imprisonment. To date, the Obama administration -- following in the  footsteps of the George W. Bush administration – has not prosecuted a single  case against the wind industry. What they have done is gone after oil and  natural gas providers for similar infractions.




Seattle Audubon Society - What are the impacts of noise from wind turbines on birds, bats and other wildlife?



Be Gone With the Wind

Why subsidize an industry that kills millions of birds and has no
environmental benefit?

By John Fund


The subsidies directed toward wind dwarf the subsidies of
other energy sectors. Robert Bryce, energy analyst for the Manhattan Institute
and an NRO contributor, reports that subsidies to wind are “at least twelve
times greater than those provided to the oil and gas sector and 6.5 times
greater than those provided to the nuclear industry,” on a
per-unit-of-energy-produced basis.


Then there is the carnage inflicted on Mother Nature. Paul Driessen reported in the Washington Times that “the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that wind turbines kill 440,000 bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, cranes, egrets, geese, and other birds every year in the U.S., along with countless insect-eating bats.” The actual numbers are probably far higher. The turbine blades of the nation’s 39,000 windmills move at 100 to 200 miles per hour and can mow down anything that gets in their path.

Over the past 25 years, an estimated 2,300 golden eagles have been killed by turbines at Altamont Pass, Calif., alone, leading to an 80 percent drop in the golden-eagle population of southern California.


Wind farms vs wildlife

The shocking environmental cost of renewable energy
5 January 2013
Wind turbines only last for ‘half as long as previously thought’, according to a new study. But even in their short lifespans, those turbines can do a lot of damage. Wind farms are devastating populations of rare birds and bats across the world, driving some to the point of extinction. Most environmentalists just don’t want to know. Because they’re so desperate to believe in renewable energy, they’re in a state of denial. But the evidence suggests that, this century at least, renewables pose a far greater threat to wildlife than climate change.



 A 1 hour program with a panel of Vermont scientists who are
part of Peak Keepers, focused on a discussion about the need to protect and promote Vermont's mountain ecosystems, a natural resource that is under threat. Included on the panel is Sue Morse of Keeping Track, naturalist and author, Charles Johnson, Middlebury College geology professor Will Amidon and well-known botanist Dr. Steve Young. Moderator is Tom Slayton.