Migratory Birds and Wind Turbines DO NOT Mix

While I am not necessarily opposed to wind turbines, I do believe the wool has been pulled over our eyes concerning its environmental impact. Its not the nice, innocent green energy we all think it is. Is it better than many other forms of energy? You betcha. Is it worth pursuing? Yep. Do I think it has real potential if executed properly? For sure. But its not perfect. Here’s an example. Camp Perry in northern Ohio has proposed building a wind turbine in an effort for greener energy. I applaud their efforts in trying to be environmentally friendly, however, the proposed wind turbine is NOT environmentally friendly. Why? Because it would sit in an area of vital importance for migrating bird species. Every spring thousands and thousands of migrating birds come through the area, stop over for rest and refreshment, and head on north to their breeding grounds. A wind turbine is sure to kill many of these birds who are already struggling to survive from loss of habitat. They do not need any more resistance. Click HERE for a link to Kenn and Kimberly Kaufmann’s blog with info on how you can help. Here’s what I wrote to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources…

To whom it may concern,

The Environmental Assessment for the Camp Perry wind turbine project is, to say the least, inadequate. My two main points of contention concern waterfowl and migratory bird species.
Ohio’s Coastal Management Program requires that native species and those threatened with extinction are to be protected, and the wind turbine directly threatens native species and those threatened with extinction. For example, the Environmental Assessment states that migratory species will not be affected because they typically migrate at altitudes greater than the wind turbine will be (see page 8 and 61 of the EA). While it is true that migratory birds migrate at higher altitudes, the assessment fails to take into account the fact that this area is a migratory bird STOPOVER habitat, meaning the birds land to feed and rest before continuing on. Therefore, the migratory birds will be flying at lower altitudes including flying at the heights of the proposed wind turbine. The failure of the Environmental Assessment to take this into account is a gross oversight and clearly shows its insufficiency and bias.
Concerning waterfowl, the waterfowl survey referenced on page 60 was conducted on October 4, 2011. Any research into the matter would have shown that this is not the peak time for waterfowl in the area. This is another example of gross oversight and further evidence of insufficiency and bias.
The failure of the Environmental Assessment to take these two concerns into account (among others) clearly shows a biased and inadequate research effort. The proposed area for the wind turbine is of the utmost importance to Ohio’s native and migratory wildlife. The consequences of a wind turbine could be staggering, and at the least extremely detrimental to native and migratory wildlife populations. Please, do not allow the construction of a wind turbine at Camp Perry.

One Response to “Migratory Birds and Wind Turbines DO NOT Mix”

  1. Kimberly Kaufman

    Thank you so much for this post and for submitting an excellent comment, Paul! Not only is your support important and encouraging, your offer to allow us to use your sample letter is deeply appreciated. My staff at Black Swamp Bird Observatory has been consumed by this effort and we are overwhelmed. Having this sample letter to use (we might tweak it just a bit( is an enormous help and I am so grateful to you!

    Thanks again,

    Kimberly Kaufman
    Executive Director
    Black Swamp Bird Observatory

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