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Vote in July 2012 latest CBC poll on Wind Turbine Moratorium

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From CBC.ca News July 19, 2012

Opponents of wind turbines cheered last week when Health Canada announced it would study the effects turbine noise may have on human health.

Turbines in Essex and Chatham-Kent counties in southwestern Ontario have become a fact of life. In Chatham-Kent alone, for example, there could be more than 500 turbines turning by 2014.

But not if Chatham-Kent Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls has anything to say about it. He and his party want a moratorium on the development of wind farms while Ottawa completes its study.

Vote now! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2012/07/19/wdr-wind-turbine-moratorium-health-canada.html

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200,000 Bats Killed Annually by German Wind Turbines

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July  3, 2012 in Science Daily
 

Research suggests German Wind Turbines Kill Bats Near and Far

Previous studies have already highlighted that more than 200,000 bats are killed each year by German wind turbines. Researchers are convinced that such high mortality rates may not be sustainable. The large-scale development of wind farms throughout Germany may have negative consequences for even remote ecosystems in northeastern Europe.
 
Industrial Wind Turbines Affect Distant Ecosystems

Wind turbines may have large-scale negative effects on distant ecosystems. Results of research by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) demonstrate that bats killed at German wind turbines originate mostly from northeastern Europe.

The study investigated the provenance of those four bat species which are most frequently killed by German wind turbines. Bats are of particular interest because they have a vital and important service function for ecosystems in regulating population densities of pest insects, and because many species migrate during spring and autumn across Europe between their breeding and wintering ranges.

Read more:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120702133529.htm

Additional Protection for Ontario Wildlife Habitat & Threatened Species

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Strict new definitions for “significant wildlife habitat” will offer more protection for Ontario wildlife.

According to journalist Tom Spears in the Ottawa Citizen, “protected sites could demand special treatment (such as not cutting trees or building roads) for hundreds of metres in all directions, up to a kilometre all around in the case of bat caves. They apply in urban and rural development alike.

Spears goes on to state: The Ministry of Natural Resources says it will not be applying the new definitions to existing properties or small residential projects. They will be “only considered as a result of a development application” and applied during an environmental impact study.

“Therefore Significant Wildlife Habitat is typically only determined when a subdivision, commercial development, golf course, aggregate operation, wind farm, and large solar project is proposed in an area that may be changing the existing land use,” the ministry wrote in a reply to questions.

 They are in addition to existing protection for significant wetlands, or areas with rare or threatened species such as butternut trees or bobolinks.
 
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources says the changes would apply to new developments such as subdivisions, commercial construction or wind turbines, not to smaller projects such as renovating a house.

Follow the link above to the Ottawa Citizen to read the entire article by Spears.

State of Canada’s Birds by North American Bird Conservation Initiative

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The first study on the status of Canada’s bird population has been posted by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI).  We’re certain you will enjoy reading this in-depth assessment on the state of Canada’s birds.

http://www.stateofcanadasbirds.org/

 

South Shore Conservancy Annual Meeting July 7, 2012

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Dear SSC Members,

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our AGM on Saturday July 7 at Milford Town Hall, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.  Renewal fees for the upcoming year and new member registrations will be received at the door during the half hour preceding the meeting, between 10:00-10:30 a.m.  We appreciate any and all efforts to increase SSC membership by bringing along new members and all new members signed up at the door are welcome to attend the AGM. Please note that only registered members may attend the AGM. 

AGM Guest Speaker Naturalist Terry Sprague

We are pleased to announce that famed local naturalist Terry Sprague is our featured speaker.  As well as being a peer reviewed author Terry’s weekly nature column has appeared in the Picton Gazette since 1965.  Terry’s involvement with the south shore Important Bird Area goes back many years and he played an important part in setting up the current bird banding station. We look forward to hearing the high points of his times spent in the IBA. 

The government’s continued delay in publishing a decision in regard to Gilead Power’s project at Ostrander Point has put us all on edge.  Come out:
 

  • to hear the latest information on the two projects that threaten our IBA, Gilead Power and WPD Canada
  • for more information about legal tactics to be deployed  
  • to learn about funds required and fund-raising plans
  • to nominate new Board members / vote in SSC Board  
  • to renew your membership or to sign on as a new member 

Please bring your own refreshments.  If you arrive in Milford early refreshments can readily be obtained at Milford Market at Mount Tabor, which is only a few minutes drive from Milford Town Hall or from Hicks General Store, which is almost across the street from the Town Hall.  

We would much appreciate an RSVP as this will help us estimate the numbers.  

We look forward to seeing you,

Sincerely,
Sandra Goranson
Beth Harrington
Janice Gibbins
Paula Peel