August 13th, 2007 · 1 Comment
DID YOU KNOW?
New York’s Maple Ridge wind energy facility (195 turbines) will slaughter up to 10,000 migratory birds and bats annually. The collision rate reported after the first fall season mortality survey was 34.12 targets per turbine or 6700 collisions, 72% of which were migrating bats (see: http://www.windaction.org/documents/8533). IWA estimates yearly collisions to rise to 10,000 after accounting for spring migration and other year-round migrants. Number of carcasses recovered, as cited in news reports, is not representative of the actual number of birds and bats killed.
This was discovered when the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society in New York acquired (through a Freedom of Information Act) a draft report of the first year study of bird and bat deaths at the wind facility in Lewis County, New York.
It should be noted that the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) has, at the urging of CanWEA has ensured that monitoring information will not be shared with the public.