Earlier this week Raptor Politics published an article detailing the concerns by Scientists in America’s mid west that lead shot is likely to undermine efforts to retain a wild and healthy population of Californian Condors into the future. When we take the latest information regarding the consequences of wind farms on the small population of 400 remaining condors, the future for this iconic species appears to be very bleak to say the least, all because of politics and greed.
Wind turbines are not called bird choppers for nothing, they indiscriminately kill birds and bats between 6 – 18 million a year in Spain alone. The Golden Eagle in the US is being decimated and could well become extinct; still with the usual breathtaking hypocrisy that so typifies the Green Environmentalists across the world, Golden Eagles are expendable, just so much collateral damage in a brave new Green world. If the blades don’t get you the lead will.
In both the US and Britain Green eco-facists and the NGOs that are supposed to be all about protecting birds brazenly say its OK to kill birds to meet CO2 targets, Green energy targets and to appease Gaia.
Save the Eagles International who produced the report on the slaughter of birds by Spanish wind farms has just issued a biodiversity warning for the remaining 400 California Condors see below:
Save the Eagles International (STEI) issues a biodiversity warning concerning the California Condor.
Having spent tens of millions of dollars of US taxpayers’ money to recuperate the species, American politicians are now allowing its habitat to be invaded by hundreds of wind turbines, of the kind that are killing 2,000 vultures a year in Spain (1). But if Spain has a population of 40,000 vultures, there are only 400 California condors, most of them likely to have close encounters with Kern County’s projected wind turbines at some point in their long lives – unless the birds are kept captive, as many presently are. The North-American Platform against Windpower (NA-PAW) and the World Council for Nature (WCFN) hereby join STEI in this warning.
“Condors can travel 200 miles in a day”, said Jesse Grantham, the California condor coordinator for the Fish & Wildlife Service, “as the bird forages for food or takes a road trip on a whim to satisfy its curiosity. The condor has evolved to be attracted to novel objects and activity as it must constantly scour vast landscapes for its dinner” (2). Adds Mark Duchamp, president of STEI: “in view of this, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict they will be attracted to wind turbines, and die in their arms as do golden eagles. Dead birds under the turbines will be another fatal attraction.
Vultures and other raptors do perch on wind turbines, even when the blades are moving claims Duchamp: “we have pictures and a video documenting the fact. Condors will be likely to perch as well, and accidents will inevitably happen. Even if they did not attempt to perch, they are likely to get struck while looking down for food: a world-famous video shows a griffon vulture being hit by a blade while circling above a wind farm in Greece.” (3)
The Greens and Ecomentalists are really being split over the issue of wind farms, one hand you have the Green eco-facists like the Green Party, Greenpeace, WWF, FoE and RSPB who have lost touch with everything they once stood for, all in the pursuit of their global eco-marxist state, and on the other hand the few remaining people who really do care, like Save the Eagles International.
The real extent of the double standards that the Greens and Environmentalists adhere to, is best illustrated by the witch hunts against fossil fuel generators, power line companies and anything not approved by the Church of Climatology, should any of these entities cause the death of a bird of prey then the offender must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, but never mind if it’s a wind turbine or solar panel array.
Green is already a byword for junk science and fraud, hypocrisy can now be safely added to the list.