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12 Million Migratory Birds at Risk from Lake Ontario Wind Turbines

According to an article by journalist Paul Schliesmann, in the Kingston Whig-Standard on Friday, August 24, 2012,  a recent report by the Kingston Field Naturalists states that an estimated 12 million migratory birds will be put at risk if two large offshore wind turbine projects are built in Lake Ontario.

Three members of the volunteer organization who conducted a year-long, unpaid study are particularly concerned about two offshore projects that would see the a total of 268 turbines planted to the north and south of Main Duck Island, a natural stopping off point for hundreds of species.

“We think 12 million is low because it’s based on birds being studied at Prince Edward Point. The ones which don’t stop at Prince Edward Point aren’t being included yet,” said Chris Hargreaves, who worked on the report with Erwin Batalla and Barrie Gilbert.

Read the rest of this informative article in thewhig.com

25 Wind Turbines Relocated due to Raptor Concerns

Last-minute changes to the layout of a $400 million wind farm in northern Montana are planned in response to concerns about raptors in the area, the San Francisco-based developer and a Montana conservation group said Thursday.

Rim Rock wind farm is under construction on the Kevin Rim in Glacier and Toole counties. It’s home to the highest concentration of Ferruginous hawks in Montana and nine other species of raptors, including golden eagles.

Greg Copeland, development director for NaturEner USA of San Francisco, said 25 of the 126 turbines planned at Rim Rock will be erected a quarter of a mile away from their original locations.

Read the rest of the story at Great Falls Tribune  http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20120817/NEWS01/308160039?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

 

 

Migrating Songbird Might Impede U.S. Wind Power Plans

A bird that ornithologists, birders and wind-power opponents say is at risk from developments ranging from mountaintop wind turbines to ski resorts could get federal protection.

The Bicknell’s thrush – a medium-sized migrating songbird – has cleared the first stage of a long route that could lead to it being declared a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday.

At issue is the bird’s habitat as much as its numbers, because the terrain that the Bicknell’s thrush favors is almost exactly the same as that sought by wind-energy companies, foresters and tourism developers.

 

According to the International Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Group, the bird’s numbers have declined to about 125,000 globally. Over the past 10 years, U.S. populations have been more stable than those in Canada, which have shown “steep declines … due to habitat loss,” the Fish and Wildlife Service reported.

Read more from the Portland Press Herald by staff writer North Cairn.

Comments on Great Lakes Protection Act Bill 100

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Great Lakes Protection Act BILL 100

Comments submitted to:

Ministry of Environment

EBR 011-6461

by Prince Edward County South Shore Conservancy

www.southshoreconservancy.wordpress.com

  The Honourable Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

77 Wellesley Street West

11th Floor, Ferguson Block

TorontoON

M7A 2T5

 August 7, 2012

 Dear Minister Jim Bradley,

 Re: Bill 100 comments to EBR 011-6461

 The South Shore Conservancy greatly appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Ministry of Environment Bill 100 Great Lakes Act including the Great Lakes Strategy.

The Prince Edward County South Shore Conservancy is a volunteer organization committed to protecting the flora, fauna and habitats encompassed by the South Shore Important Bird Area (IBA) inside the south shore peninsula. The IBA includes species at risk, both breeding and migratory. The Conservancy was founded in 2001.

 Bill 100 – PART I

PURPOSES AND INTERPRETATION

Purposes

1. (1) The purposes of this Act are,

(a) to protect and restore the ecological health of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin; and

(b) to create opportunities for individuals and communities to become involved in the protection and restoration of the ecological health of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin.

2.The purposes set out …include the following:

1. To protect human health and wellbeing through the protection and restoration of the ecological health of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin.

2. To protect and restore wetlands and beaches and other coastal areas of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin. Page | 3

 3. To protect and restore the natural habitats and bio-diversity of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin.

4. To advance science relating to existing and emerging stressors, such as climate change, that improves understanding and management of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin.

5. To enrich the quality of life in communities in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin through support of environmentally sustainable economic opportunities, innovation and environmentally sustainable use of natural resources.

The Conservancy wishes to address Part I, Section2, numbers 2, 3 and 4 of Bill 100 in this comment submission. Read the rest of this entry