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(Washington, D.C., February 12, 2014) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (BCA), voiced opposition to a federal plan that would allow a proposed mega wind facility in Wyoming to kill from 46 to 64 Golden Eagles annually. The two groups have submitted a 15-page letter in response to a request from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for comment on the eagle-killing proposal, called an “eagle take permit.”
“ABC and BCA support the development of renewable energy resources such as wind, but it has to be done responsibly,” said Dr. Michael Hutchins, National Coordinator of ABC’s Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign. “The serious gaps in data and key information surrounding both the project and the proposed permit make it impossible to conclude that appropriate protections for eagles are being followed under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.” http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/140212.html
(Washington, D.C., January 29, 2014) One of several wind turbine projects planned for the shores of Lake Erie, in one of the greatest bird migration corridors in the Western Hemisphere, has been halted following submission of a letter of intent to sue from American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). The two groups had vigorously opposed the project due to its exceptionally high risk to federally protected wildlife.
The announcement formalizing the decision to halt the project was made via a letter from Air National Guard Headquarters—the National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense, in Andrews, Md.—to the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal (MGC) of Washington, D.C, which represents ABC and BSBO. The petition campaign and letter of intent to sue the Ohio National Guard (ONG)), along with an ongoing petition campaign that has acquired over 5,000 signatures, charged that efforts in connection with the wind project at Camp Perry Air National Guard Station west of Port Clinton, Ohio, violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other federal conservation and environmental laws. http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/140129.html
(Washington, D.C., February 6, 2014) American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leading U.S. bird conservation group, has identified numerous concerns in a letter to federal officials in connection with a proposed wind power development on the Chesapeake Bay—an important breeding and foraging habitat for birds such as Bald Eagles and waterfowl—that may feature around two dozen 600-foot tall wind turbines with blade sweeps longer than a football field.
The concerns were submitted by ABC to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as part of a formal planning process for the Great Bay Wind Energy Project that would be located in Somerset, Md., near the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. This phase of the planning process is designed to identify or scope out issues associated with the project.
It is estimated that there are at least 30 breeding pairs of Bald Eagles within 10 miles of the project, potentially placing many breeding birds in jeopardy. Preliminary assessments indicate that this project is expected to kill 20 eagles per year. While the FWS considers whether or not a permit will be issued authorizing the killing of our national symbol or any other protected bird, Dr. Michael Hutchins, National Coordinator of ABC’s Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign, says: “The developer and FWS should disclose and evaluate any proposed mitigation measures designed to minimize bird fatalities.”
(Washington, D.C., February 7, 2014) In the most comprehensive study of its kind, involving the review and analysis of almost two dozen studies and over 92,000 records, federal scientists have found that between 365 and 988 million birds are likely killed in the United States each year as a result of collisions with buildings.
The study, “Bird–building Collisions in the United States: Estimates of Annual Mortality and Species Vulnerability” was published in a peer-reviewed journal, The Condor: Ornithological Applications in January 2014. It was authored by Scott R. Loss, Sara S. Loss, and Peter P. Marra of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Tom Will of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Our analysis indicates that building collisions are among the top anthropogenic threats to birds and, furthermore, that the several bird species that are disproportionately vulnerable to building collisions may be experiencing significant population impacts from this anthropogenic threat,” the authors say.
The study provides quantitative evidence to support the conclusion that building collisions are second only to feral and free-ranging pet cats (estimated to kill as many as 3 billion birds each year) as the largest source of direct human-caused mortality for U.S. birds. http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/140207.html
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