Bird mortality: spilling the glass

 white-tailed eagle killed by wind turbine - Denmark

Sea eagle killed by wind turbine in Denmark

Lying by omission

Wind farm stooges say: cars, cats, windows, etc. kill more birds than wind turbines.

Using the same logic, the asbestos industry could be reborn!

It would just have to say: my products kill fewer people than car accidents. Wouldn’t that be fun!

All they’d have to do is finance electoral campaigns left and right, and the corrupt system would do the rest.


It may be true, at this stage of the game, that wind turbines kill less birds than do cars and cats. But they kill rarer birds, and twice as many bats (which cars, cats, windows etc. don’t kill). In addition, they are on their way to killing 20 times more when the number of turbines is multiplied by 20, as are planning the wind industry and their gnomes.


There are plenty more reasons to reject the silly cars & cats argument:


A/ – They say: only 573,000 birds are killed yearly by wind turbines in the United States, and 888,000 bats – total: 1.4 million deaths. And they add: this is small in comparison to the many millions killed by other human activities. They conveniently forget that wind turbines are the only human activity that kills BATS – if you except the taking down of roofs, houses, buildings and other constructions. But apart from that, there is another, much higher and much more likely estimate: 13 to 39 million birds and bats killed annually by wind turbines in the United States – based on an extrapolation from Spanish monitoring reports. It is a valid extrapolation, for there are no reasons to believe that US birds are smarter or more cautious than Spanish ones. Figures from Germany and Sweden confirm this high level of mortality, as published by the California Energy Commission.

Is it really surprising that a wind turbine would kill on average one bat a day and one bird every other day? – especially if you consider that bats, and some birds, are attracted to wind turbines, as per the latest paper by Clive Hambler, lecturer at Oxford University: http://wcfn.org/2013/07/01/tip-of-the-iceberg/
Consider this: one bat a day and one bird every other day = 365 bats and 182 birds a year x 39,000 wind turbines = 21 million birds and bats killed in the US annually.

The low official estimate of 1.4 million can be explained by deficiencies denounced by Jim Wiegand here: http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/2013/wind-energys-colossal-lies-about-bird-bat-mortality-wildlife-biologist/   and by these added considerations: it is a well-known fact that windfarm employees make carcasses disappear. If this weren’t enough, reporting mortality to the authorities is the responsibility of each wind farm operator. Is this a joke? – No, it isn’t, would you believe?

Such cynicism, such blatant disregard for ethics, such insults to our intelligence are reminiscent of the much scorned-upon “banana republics” of yesteryear. But since lobbying is a legal activity in America, Europe, Australia, Japan, etc., don’t expect ethics to be upheld there either. As for the media, being “politically correct” means turning a blind eye to any wrong that bears a “green” label, even if it is the yearly death of 123 million birds and bats from 225,000 wind turbines worldwide, to be soon multiplied by 20 (see above), i.e. 2.4 billion deaths a year.


B/ – Nothing justifies the mass killing of eagles, cranes, storks, and most bird and bat species, by wind turbines and their power lines. The limited success, to date, in stopping other causes of bird and bat mortality does not justify adding another killer!  It’s a no-brainer that this is a crooked argument, yet the PC media swallows it whole – hook, line and sinker!


C/ – two wrongs don’t make a right, they never did. But the gnomes deny this, and are trying to force this denial into our brains, by sheer repetition. They are busy brainwashing our children too, in schools! Teachers have become the peddlers of their lethal products. It is quite simply sickening. What happened to our democratic ideals? We are living a scenario written by George Orwell.


D/ – Wind turbines do not REPLACE cars, or any other cause of bird mortality. They don’t even replace fossil fuel power plants. See these amazing articles:
http://epaw.org/echoes.php?article=n127
http://epaw.org/echoes.php?article=n124

As they don’t replace other causes of mortality, they are just creating an ADDITIONAL one. That too is a no brainer, yet they are trying to convince the public that additional mortality is OK, precisely at a time when birds are being decimated worldwide. And it’s not Global Warming (what global warming? – global cooling is now more likely) that’s killing them – read this disturbing article:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/songbird-migration/franzen-text
C´mon, public, wake up!

The accomplices of BIG WIND, in bad faith, deny (by omission or otherwise) that a single drop can spill a full glass, and that measuring the CUMULATIVE EFFECT is essential to the work of conservationists. Third grade students would fail their exams if they denied such universal truths. And I am NOT talking about just a drop: I’m talking about a dripping faucet, I’m talking about 2.4 billion deaths a year (as per above).


I am talking about massive extinctions. Here are the principal deniers (by omission or otherwise): Greenpeace, WWF, FoE, RSPB, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Birds Australia, NABU, LPO, NRDC, Peregrine Fund, CIPAMEX, Birdlife International. Shame on them! They bear the full responsibility of the extinctions to come in which wind turbines (and their power lines) will have contributed. This is why I call them stooges, or gnomes. They don’t deserve respect, and they won’t get mine. I invite everyone to call them “green gnomes” from hereon in, or “gneems” by contraction.

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3 thoughts on “Bird mortality: spilling the glass

  1. Pingback: Bird mortality: spilling the glass | ajmarciniak

  2. Good job Helen. In my mind the people behind these turbines are no better than child molesters. I despise them for the destruction they bring to this planet while they wave their green flags and stuff their bank accounts. Here is a tidbit from my next article. This article is about bogus data. I give actual examples of how this industry is working their numbers. You will and others will be outraged…….

    The 48 hour study

    Altamont pass is well aware that they are missing thousands of birds and bats in their mortality studies. That is why they have stayed with their 30-90 day search intervals when looking for carcasses. A few years ago a 4 month study was conducted at Altamont Pass on about 24 MW of turbines using 48 hour search intervals. This 48 hour window is important because thousands of gulls and other scavengers patrol the Altamont pass wind turbines looking for easy meal around the turbines. In other words these carcasses disappear quickly.

    Searchers looking in undersized 40 meter search areas, found 70 small bird carcasses. After adjusting for undersized search areas, injured birds (which will die but are not counted by the industry), and WRSS removal rates, I rounded the 4 month total up to a conservative total of 100 small birds. Adjusting for the fact that it was a 4 month study I multiplied the 100 small birds by 3 times giving a total of 300 small birds per year. Multiplying the 24 MW out across Altamont’s 580 MW installed capacity (24.17 ratio) gives us a small bird kill rate of 7250 per year. With this body count, after taking into consideration a reasonable searcher detection rate of .41 and a modest scavenger removal rate of .85 (approx.10% per day first several days) gives us an estimated total of 20,803 small birds per year or 35.86 per MW.

    The reported small bird fatalities at Altamont for this same time period was about 2700 small bird fatalities per year. After looking at these numbers there should be no question in anyone’s mind that mortality is far greater than what is being reported. One also has to keep in mind that the 48 hour study was “their” study that produced these carcasses. I believe that new studies done with, proper search areas, using trained dogs, 24 hour search intervals and no culling of birds by employees would produce far greater totals.

    In my opinion Altamont pass is killing over 50,000 birds and bats per year and has been for decades. As bad as this is I will discuss the bogus data collected at other wind farms that is much worse.

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