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Wolfe Island wind turbines cause disappearance of short-eared owl

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Short-eared Owl

By Paul Schliesmann The Whig-Standard

The short-eared owl, listed as a species of special concern in Canada, has all but disappeared from the west end of Wolfe Island. A noted Kingston-area birder says the decline has everything to do with the construction and startup of wind turbines on that part of the island two years ago. “They’re definitely avoiding the area,” said Kurt Hennige, who has been watching and documenting the short-eared populations on Wolfe Island for more than 25 years. 

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