Sunday, August 06, 2006

Critically Endangered Eagles Killed by Industrial Wind Turbines

The beautiful photograph above is of a pair of nesting Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles. These magnificent birds mate for life and are in danger of extinction in their only breeding territory in the world.

Historically Eagles have been persecuted by shooting and trapping. Some species, like the White-tailed (Sea) Eagle were completely exterminated in places like the UK as well as the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed (Sea) Eagle in Australia. But, Heroic efforts have been undertaken to restore them.

Sadly, those efforts have met a head-on new method of extermination and one that is unintentional; Industrial wind turbines.

It is not just intentional shooting and trapping that is killing these awesome predators, it is habitat destruction, disturbance and collision with man made structures.

Many people are unaware of the Bald Eagle population in MA and thus do not know that they will be at risk to industrial wind turbines if placed in the Nantucket Sound. Please click on Here

Story on latest Wedge-tailed Eagle death to turbine blades HERE
Story HERE on Residents kill $50m wind plan to protect the endangered Wedge-tailed Eagles

For more information and documentation on the toll wind farms are taking on world wide Eagle populations and more please visit Mark Duchamp's incredibly informed site HERE


Blogger Monponsett said...

I was wondering where you ended up.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Magical said...

Alive, well and still kicking. So nice to hear from you!!!

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great eye opening contribution regarding our national symbol, the Bald

“In Massachusetts, bald eagles breed and winter at the Quabbin Reservior (part of the Connecticut River) and the Assawmompsett Pond system, and overwinter along the Merrimack River and along the coastal shores of Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Island.”

“In New England, however, the states of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut still list the species as Endangered due to the low numbers of breeding pairs in their respective states (MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 2000).”

“The Bald Eagle is presently protected by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940, Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and the Lacey Act. It is listed as a "threatened" species in the lower 48 states. Although Bald Eagles have made an encouraging comeback throughout the U.S.A. since the early 60s, they continue to be harassed, injured and killed by guns, traps, power lines, windmills, poisons, contaminants and destruction of habitat. Public awareness about their plight, strict enforcement of protective laws, preservation of their habitat, and support for environmental conservation programs can assure a healthy and secure future for the U.S.A.'s majestic and symbolic national bird.”

“Editor Globe,

Cape wind is about the blood of eagles not politics as
usual with Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Attorney
General Thomas F. Reilly as the Globe's recent
coverage. Siting wind turbines in a major bird fly way
chops large hawks and eagles up like large birdy
blenders. I know about this because my organization is
suing the County of Alameda California over its
approval of Conditional Use Permits for thousands wind
turbines located in the Altamont Pass Wind Resources
Area that are killing thousands of these birds every
year. My organization CAlifornians for Renewable
Energy, Inc. (CARE) is taking on the wind industry
because the blood of eagles gives wind energy a black
eye. Wind energy is all about location. Don't forget
Enron got started in the wind industry in the Altamont
Pass California.

Mike Boyd-President-CARE Californians’ for Renewable Energy”

Of all that I have read coming from MA Audubon about the endangered and threatened species present; I have not come across anything that relates to the overwintering of Bald Eagle along the coastal shores of Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Island. WHY IS THAT??? Thank you for this disturbing eye-opener, and very informative post.

Barbara Durkin

8:54 AM  
Blogger Magical said...

Barbara, I think there might be many reasons the Bald Eagle is not mentioned. One might be ignorance. Hard to believe that even MA Audubon could be ignorant of this magnificent predator and a migrant and winter visitor who uses the Nantucket Sound but stranger things have happened.

Other reason might be that Eagles have a very special place in people's hearts and to identify them in conjunction with a true threat might bring about more opposition to the siting of Cape Wind in critical wildlife habitat.

Let that first Bale Eagle die from being sliced in a wind turbine blade and the public outcry will be enormous.

One of the most satisfying things I did in my years as a wildlife advocate concerned a Bald Eagle death and getting it our to the press right away. Birds were routinely shot on runways with no identification skills on the part of airport security. When a young Bald Eagle was shot at Stewart Airport years ago because someone mistook it for a Turkey Vulture, the outcry was so loud that changes were brought immediately about at not only that airport but at airports around the country.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd better stop driving your car and decry the outrageous use of automobiles. They kill more of our treasured national symbol than wind farms will ever hope to.

3:54 PM  

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