Posted by Jim Wiegand on May 29, 2016
In 2007 a National Academy of Sciences report to congress pertaining to wind turbine impacts it was noted that “Bird displacement associated with wind-energy development has received little attention in the United States. This statement was true then and it is even truer today.
For example it was also disclosed in this 2007 congressional report that in 2005 there were 58 nesting eagle territories that were occupied within in 30 km (19miles) of the Altamont Wind resource Area. This information is 11 years old and even in 2012 there was proof available that these 58 occupied eagle territories no longer existed. Golden eagle territory abandonment that has taken place around this wind farm it is extremely relevant because this impact coincides with the installation of the industry’s new turbines falsely declared safer for eagles.
Today in the Altamont Region, I would be shocked if even a third of these originally reported 58 active golden eagle territories occupied by two adults remain.