Skip to comments.Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers
Posted on 06/07/2010 9:23:14 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers Tiffany Kaiser - June 7, 2010 11:51 AM
A recent study in Klickitat County, Washington shows that active wind farms in Washington and Oregon kill more than 6,500 birds and 3,000 bats annually.
Biologist Orah Zamora works for West, Inc., an ecological field study company, monitors the Windy Flats project, one of the largest wind farms in the United States. Zamora looks for dead birds and bats that have been severed by the spinning blades of the surrounding wind turbines in order to conduct survey's to observe how wind-power development is affecting birds.
"It's like a crime scene, and you try to figure out what happened," said Zamora. "Sometimes it's really obvious because you can see a slice mark."
These surveys are financed by the wind industry and are mainly concerned with birds like eagles, hawks, and other raptors. Klickitat County is especially a concern because the area has an abundance of prey for these larger birds, hence, they tend to stay in the area. According to the study, these birds are diving for their prey and do not pay attention to the large wind turbine blades that may be in the way.
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In michigan they’re coal killers.
Migratory Bird Blenders. Now we will have to spend some stimulation money to study the blindingly obvious.
what do they call wind farms? open air cuisinarts?
In Martha’s Vineyard they are Bikini Blockers!
Well its not like the birds are covered in oil or anything bad like that. Its a quick green death so it shouldn’t bother the children, right? Oh yeah, is more expensive than burning coal, gas, oil or nuclear fusion, but its green. See how our world works?
Betcha that many of these bird lovers are pro-abortion.
Don’t believe everything you read, especially when it’s not put in context. Here are a few facts for comparison:
Utility transmission and distribution lines, the backbone of our electrical power system, are responsible for 130 to 174 million bird deaths a year in the U.S.1 Many of the affected birds are those with large wingspans, including raptors and waterfowl. While attempting to land on power lines and poles, birds are sometimes electrocuted when their wings span between two hot wires. Many other birds are killed as their flight paths intersect the power lines strung between poles and towers. One report states that: “for some types of birds, power line collisions appear to be a significant source of mortality.”2
Collisions with automobiles and trucks result in the deaths of between 60 and 80 million birds annually in the U.S.3 As more vehicles share the roadway, and our automotive society becomes more pervasive, these numbers will only increase. Our dependence on oil has taken its toll on birds too. Even the relatively high incidence of bird kills at Altamont Pass (about 92 per year) pales in comparison to the number of birds killed from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. In fact, according to author Paul Gipe, the Altamont Pass wind farm would have to operate for 500 to 1000 years to “achieve” the same mortality level as the Exxon Valdez event in 1989.
Tall building and residential house windows also claim their share of birds. Some of the five million tall buildings in U.S. cities have been documented as being a chronic mortality problem for migrating birds. There are more than 100 million houses in the U.S. House windows are more of a problem for birds in rural areas than in cities or towns. While there are no required ongoing studies of bird mortality due to buildings or house windows, the best estimates put the toll due collisions with these structures at between 100 million and a staggering 1 billion deaths annually.
I can’t stand Obama any more than the rest of us, but wind energy is good.
I have seen other studies which say they are not a danger to birds. Of course, jetliners are a danger to birds also.
Maybe it only kills GREEN birds!
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What's the current cost per kWh of electricity derived from nuclear fusion? Please limit your response to power plants located on planet Earth.
If it takes a fast strong wind to turn the windmill blades and a slow weak wind comes out the other side.
Wouldn't that cause the Earth's rotation to slow down?
< giggle-snort-fart >
Trying to keep a straight face here. ;)
To me, it's unsightly, and even worse, it's a pipe dream that isn't effective at all. Until someone figures how the electricity can be stored, it's expensive, erratic, takes way too much maintenance, and worst of all requires back up the equivalent of what the turbines can generate when there's no wind, therefore saves nothing
Only if you are at a place where the wind blows regularly. At my house, solar panels would easily win the race, though they'd have to be actively moved to avoid the shadows of the trees.
So.....we get green energy AND less bird *hit on my car? Sounds great.
Only if your island capsizes.
How much money was spent on documenting the bleedin’ obvious?
Theoretically it’s so cheap, it will not need to be metered.
Wind Farms result in smarter birds....if you believe in evolution.
Nice retort. I once killed an owl with a U-Haul while he was diving for his next meal. Flew right in front of me and I clipped him.
Meantime, please direct me to the nearest nuclear fusion powerplant.
It’s important because the enviro-wackos ALWAYS have said that to kill non-game (ALL critters really, including game birds and animals) is “immoral”, thus they hold up the oil soaked birds in self-righteous indignation for all to see.
I’ve been accessing studies on this very thing (at least studies before they were hidden and certainly not talked about) for years trying to whack the enviro-wackos with their own ammunition, but windpower is PC donchaknow so it’s untouchable.
Hey, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. NO QUARTER!! (and pun intended)
“Theoretically its so cheap, it will not need to be metered.”
That is in part the problem. Lots of solutions on the micro level that don’t get attention because, as I understand it, nobody has figured out how to put a meter on it. Just google off grid solutions for individual homes. At the macro level (ie providing a city or even a significant part of one), while I like the idea of wind and solar, there is just no way I can see it ever being viable.
To my knowledge, we have not succeeded in ever harnessing fusion to produce electricity... Bombs yes, reactors, no.
Here in Michigan, the legislature is forcing electric and gas producers to cut production. Then they’re refusing permits to clean coal plants citing the lack of demand that they’ve forced. Then they’re approving wind farms despite the lack of demand that prevents clean coal. Top it off with already doubled prices, taxpayer subsidies for the wind farms that they predict will produce at the low end of the scale.
Indeed. Notice that I insist the powerplant be located on Earth ...
Your bird death statistics are pretty incredible - it would be nice to see some links to back them up.
Even still, there is a serious issue about initial energy requirements in manufacturing and setup of windfarms - it takes them years to make up these costs. And then maintenance is a big problem - they have a lot of downtime.
In addition, they create a humming sound that is driving entire nearby towns crazy by preventing sleep.
LOL - great point!
And how many little red male Cardinals have beat themselves to death trying to kill their reflection in patio doors?
Sliding glass doors should be banned.
I like it conceptually as a backup system (with batteries and hooking up a few car alternators as needed) and as a freedom from Gov't intervention (thermostat set points, kWh/mo limits, etc.) device/system.
Actually the loss of so many insect eating bats concerns me more.
Don’t windmills kill insects too?
What’s the current cost per kWh of electricity derived from nuclear fusion? Please limit your response to power plants located on planet Earth.
Are you suggesting a windmill is more cost effective than a nuclear power plant. These stats I would like to see. Somehow the Government does not see fit to subsidize Nuclear energy, while the do subsidize “green” power.
I am suggesting nothing at all.
I asked a question.
I note that you failed to answer the question, preferring (apparently) to go off on an irrelevant rant.
The question is:
Whats the current cost per kWh of electricity derived from nuclear fusion? Please limit your response to power plants located on planet Earth.
He called it ‘energy sprawl’.
A useful compilation of statistics that helps us all understand why the term “bird brain” is so appropriate.
Wind power, of course, won’t obviate the need for transmission lines, so any bird mortality associated with wind farms themselves would be in addition to the mortality related to getting the electricity they generate to the places that need it.
In my mind, these statistics reinforce the merits of relying on mini-nuclear power plants of a size that can power 20,000 homes. Such a decentralized power source would obviate the need for the thousands of miles of power transmission lines that apparently cause birds so many problems; it would eliminate the problems caused by widespread power outages; and it would be infinitely more secure against terrorist attacks on the power grid. Since such plants would be buried underground, their aesthetic advantages over massive wind farms also should be pretty obvious.
I used to have a cat that would leave a dead bird at the front door about once a week in the warm months of the year .... maybe fifteen a year. If there are ten million cats like mine in the country, they would account for about 150 million dead birds annually. It must really suck to be a bird.
Dear ArrogantBastard, you are well named. Now bite me.
Geez...I don’t pay any more attention to the Chicken Little Cartel than I pay to the “employment” figures, since each only provide information the WANT us to read.
If we find a way to provide energy, we must also be aware of the side-effects. Kinda like eating chili and drinking beer in a room full of ladies.
Fifteen years ago residents in the Altamont Pass area and near Mojave in the Techachi Pass, California were claiming that they found the remains of hundreds of raptors killed by the wind farms built there. Today, in both places, there are no reports of raptor sightings. Wind farms are a joke, pushed by rednecks like Boone Pickens.
Their Security guys were pretty much like us - cynical, sardonic ex-military/cops.
After work one evening, they told us about a high-tension line (I think it was 500kv) tower that kept shorting out and essentially blowing all of the wire and insulators all over the place, causing major disruptions, and costing a ton of money to fix. It was located in the middle of a swamp, and completely unapproachable by land, so they had to perform all of the maintenance and repairs from helicopters. High dollar and high risk.
After the third such "blowout", they decided to install surveillance cameras and figure out the cause. Sure enough, Boom! out it went. When they checked the cameras they found that large Egrets (~40" wingspan, ~15-25 lbs) that were proliferant in that area would spend the day catching and eating fish, and then fly up to sun themselves on the top of the tower.
After some research and consultation with wildlife biologists, it was determined that the birds normal digestive process involved sitting in the sun, then "expelling" their daily digested "load" upon take-off from their sunning roost. They could only defecate upon take off. It wasn't their wings arcing across the lines, but long plumes of wet (and highly conductive) bird s&*t, crossing lines and causing major outages and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Also essentially vaporizing the stupid birds, and dropping what little evidence there may have been to the swamp to be consumed by the creepy crawlys waiting below.
By building their tower in the middle of the natural habitat for that particular bird they had created an ideal, but terminal roost.
They installed wire spikes and rotating balls to prevent the birds from landing on the tower and forced them back into the trees where they belong. Worked like a charm.
I'm curious though. Why is wind power "good"? It's incredibly inefficient (2-15%), is difficult to transmit for any appreciable distance, is reliant on too many uncontrollable factors (weather, climate, location, political will, etc.) and is plain ugly to look at.
I like to call them bird salad shooters.
What is not cheap is the amount of interest accruing on the original capital investment. The banks that finance the venture do not stop charging interest on the loan when the wind doesn't blow.
But we never hear that from the "Big Wind" lobbyists.