Threat posed by wind farms to be topic of Oct. 10-12 International Bald Eagle Days

July 23, 2014

Staff Report

APPLE RIVER, Ill. — The Eagle Nature Foundation (ENF) has announced the banquet speaker for the 2014 International Bald Eagle Days (IBED) in Kansas City Oct. 10-12 will be George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) in Plains, Va.

Fenwick has served as president and CEO since ABC’s founding in 1994. Prior to that, he worked in a variety of capacities during 15 years with the Nature Conservancy, including director of science, and chairman of the Last Great Places Campaign Steering Committee. Fenwick earned a Ph.D. in pathobiology from Johns Hopkins University.

The American Bird Conservancy has just filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for them allowing wind farms to have a 30-year “take” permit for killing bald eagles. Normally, such take permits are only granted on a five-year basis, but the Fish and Wildlife Serve has agreed to grant 30-year permits to all wind farms.

Some wind farms in the Rocky Mountains are killing many golden eagles each year. If wind farms are located in the wrong place, they could impact many bald eagles, and ABC does not feel the bald eagle population is strong enough to withstand such killing of many birds each year. The birds are already under assault from lead, mercury, West Nile virus, and many other chemicals getting into the birds’ systems. One more assault, “wind farms,” added to this growing list may be just enough to send the population reeling once more back toward extinction.

Anyone interested in attending IBED and hearing Fenwick speak should contact the ENF office for a registration brochure. The Friday night program will be a panel discussion on the “Future of the Missouri River.” Throughout the day on Saturday, different speakers from across the nation will present information about the bald eagle population in their own regions and the various threats bald eagles face in their region of the continent. Sunday morning, there will be a bus trip to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. To help people from the Midwest attend, ENF plans to take a tour bus from its office in Apple River to and back from Kansas City.

Information and prices may be found in a IBED brochure, which can be obtained by calling the office at (815) 594-2306 or going to ENF’s website, eaglenature.com. The public is invited to participate in the Friday night program, the bald eagle paper sessions and banquet Saturday, and the Sunday bus tour.

Registration deadline for anyone attending the banquet is Sept. 7.

From the July 23-29, 2014, issue

3 Comments

  1. Jim Wiegand

    July 23, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Under the direction of the Interior Department, the FWS has been secretly collecting dead eagles from wind farms for at least 20 years. The USFWS collects by far the most dead eagles from Region 3. This is a Region that includes the states of Minnesota and Iowa. Last year most of the 557 eagle carcasses collected by the FWS from Region 3 were bald eagles. This was about 4 times the total number dead eagles collected from California. Region 3 also has about 3 times the installed wind energy as CA.
    FWS Region 6 which includes the state of Kansas is not far behind sending 502 eagles to the Eagle Repository in 2013. Region 6 is also the region that has the highest recovered eagle carcass rate per installed MW of wind energy.
    Regarding these turbines, one thing is certain, the industry and the has been killing thousands of bald and golden eagles and lying about this slaughter to the public. They did the same thing with the endangered species being killed in Hawaii by turbines. They covered it up for 7 years until it recently was leaked.

    I recommend that everyone read about the thousands of eagles being killed by turbines. Read about the rigging of studies and blistering comments made by former FWS agents disgusted by this runaway industry. It is all in a recently published three part series on MasterResource ………..”The voice of dead eagles”.

  2. Fair

    July 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I’m happy to hear that attention is being brought to this. As every resident in the latest proposed wind project in northeast Boone county IL knows, we are home to two resident bald eagles and an endangered turtle. We have recent photos of the two eagles and sightings are typical. But our decision makers take no responsibility for their safety. Just one of the many overlooked horrors of poorly placed industrial wind projects. When will people wake up and make industrial wind developer responsible for their actions during operation and during the planning phase (choosing responsible locations for these projects in the first place.

  3. Almost Retired

    July 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    WOW!! Planes kill birds too. Should we make sure another plane never takes off??? I find it interesting that your statistics are only aimed at wind farms. Bald eagles and Golden eagles are killed by MANY MORE things than just wind farms.
    Do you place the safety of these two birds over the ecological devastation of this Earth by oil companies, fracking, etc? I think I could live with less eagles if it would save the world ecologically.
    Why don’t you take more interest in Mother Earth and spend your time and energies fighting to stop her destruction?????

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