Wind Power News: Wildlife
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The expansion of wind turbines across North America could drive one of the most common migratory bat species to the brink of extinction, according to a new study that calls on regulators and the wind power industry to take immediate steps to address the problem. The study, published this week in the journal Biological Conservation, investigated whether fatalities at wind power sites “could impact population viability of migratory bats, focusing on the hoary bat, the species most frequently killed by . . .
A Maui wind farm wants the government to increase the number of endangered Hawaiian hoary bats it is allowed to kill, after passing the limit 15 years ahead of schedule. SunEdison Inc., owner of the 21-megawatt wind facility called Kaheawa Wind Power II, requested to increase the amount of hoary bats the facility is allowed to kill to 62 from 11 bats over its 20-year project with the Department of Land and Natural Resources. DLNR proposed to approve the increase . . .
Hundreds of frogs, newts and lizards are on the move in North Kerry in a bizarre plague-like scene playing out in gardens, and on roads where they’re being killed by cars in big numbers. The little creatures began appearing in the community of Beale last week, making their way across farmland and roads and coming to the attention of locals as they invaded gardens and got killed on roads. People initially put the behaviour down to the wet weather as . . .
Jersey’s bat population could be threatened if plans to build a wind farm 23 miles off the south coast of the Island are given the go-ahead, a conservation group has said. Ani Binet, volunteer researcher for the Jersey Bat Group, said she was concerned that the migratory route of the bats could be disrupted if the wind farm is built. She spoke out after an independent commission in France, which oversaw the project’s public inquiry, gave the development its approval. . . .
Apex Clean Energy’s Galloo Island Wind project is expected to displace, if not kill, thousands of birds and bats, an opponent of the project claimed in his avian risk assessment. Clifford P. Schneider, a retired fishery biologist for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, published his own study Monday on the state Department of Public Service website predicting the potential impacts of the project, including increased mortality rates and the relocation of species, using assessments from previous iterations of the . . .
Disagreement over a bat colony that could delay work on a new wind farm to the north of Swansea, appears to be in the air. RWE Innogy UK have been granted planning permission to construct 16 turbines at Mynydd y Gwair in Felindre but AM for South Wales West Suzy Davies has met with the firm to discuss the issue of bats living in trees which are potentially threatened by a new access road to the site. Mrs Davies said . . .
Wind turbine collisions and the deadly bat disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) can together intensify the decline of endangered Indiana bat populations in the midwestern United States, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study. “Bats are valuable because, by eating insects, they save U.S. agriculture billions of dollars per year in pest control,” said USGS scientist Richard Erickson, the lead author of the study. “Our research is important for understanding the threats to endangered Indiana bats and . . .
As renewable energy production in the United States continues to grow, wind farms figure to remain a fixture of the Wyoming landscape in coming decades. The United States currently gets 5.8 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar, and the U.S. Department of Energy has said it hopes to increase that to 20 percent by the year 2030. At the same time, scientists are still learning how wind turbines change the environment around them, perhaps . . .
Hawaii’s five major wind farms are killing endangered Hawaiian hoary bats at a much faster pace than expected. The wind farms have killed 146 Hawaiian hoary bats out of the 187 they are allowed. They’ve killed that many in 6.4 years while they were expected not to reach the total for 20 years or more. The wind farms have also killed at least 50 nene – the endangered Hawaiian goose and state bird – and 26 petrels, an endangered seabird. The state . . .
The once-endangered bald eagle has run smack into human progress. Federal regulators have approved a controversial proposal to allow the take, or unintended killing, of the protected birds without penalty, under a single permit issued for as long as 30 years. In contrast, a hunter killing an eagle without a permit could be fined $15,000 and jailed for six months. In other “take” cases, a permit is required for each kill. The loosening of permit restrictions is designed, like the . . .