American Birders urged to speak out against Wind Turbines proliferation.

Raptor politics recently received a very interesting and helpful article written by Nate Swick the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. Nate has now taken it upon himself to encourage other American birders to write a letter to their government representatives voicing their complaints and opposition to the installation of wind turbines being installed at Camp Perry and the Lake Erie Business Park in Ohio. We decided that the content of Nate’s article and the composition of his sample letter, enclosed below, could prove helpful to those opponents of wind farm proliferation throughout the UK. In particular where you feel these installations could impact adversely on important nesting habitat as well as bird migration routes. This is what Nate had to say>

Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds descend on the lakeshore of north west Ohio every spring, piling up on the south side of Lake Erie before making the jump over the big water. In recent years, thousands of birders have travelled there specifically to enjoy them, making springtime in Ohio – and specifically the Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s Biggest Week in American Birding – a must-visit event on the birding calender.

ABA member Steven Shaddix proudly showing the Scarlet Tanager he just photographed with his SLR rig. The Black Swamp region is a paradise for bird photographers...even those without fancy cameras, as the birds frequently allow stunningly close views.

ABA member Steven Shaddix proudly showing the Scarlet Tanager he just photographed with his SLR rig. The Black Swamp region is a paradise for bird photographers…even those without fancy cameras, as the birds frequently allow stunningly close views.

Unfortunately, the globally important bird habitat near Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in north west Ohio is being threatened by poorly-sited wind energy development at the nearby Camp Perry Air National Guard facility and Lake Erie Business Park. Black Swamp Bird Observatory has a campaign to convince elected officials to stop these projects. They need the help of birders around the world to make this happen.

The most important thing birders can do is to write, call, or email elected officials and let them know that you are less likely to visit the area if they are not proper stewards of this highly bird-sensitive area.

We urge you to call or write an email or letter to all of the following elected officials. In order to make it as easy as possible for you to do so, a sample letter can be found below.

<<<<SAMPLE LETTER>>>>

Dear__________:

As a birder who spends money in your District, I would like to voice my intense objection to the wind turbines being installed at xxxxxx xxxxxxxx. I am aware that these projects are moving forward in spite of the opposition to this site from wildlife ngo’s and government wildlife agencies. ( Nate added his own examples here …Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Ohio Environmental Council, American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, American Birding Association, and a whole host of other state and national organizations.

To erect large wind turbines in an area that plays such a critical role in the survival of migratory birds shows a blatant disregard for one of the region’s most precious assets. These actions also show great disrespect to birders who bring millions of dollars to northwest Ohio because of the quality bird habitat in the region.

I request that you encourage Camp Perry and Lake Erie Business Park to halt these projects and work with the organizations and agencies above to find more suitable locations for these turbines.

If you allow this type of development to continue in these highly bird-sensitive areas over the objections of so many knowledgeable organizations and agencies, including organizations who are working tirelessly to promote birding and bring economic development to your district, I will be far less likely to visit your area and spend money.

Thank you for addressing my concerns.

Sincerely,

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OPTIONAL! – A brief comment (1 – 3 sentences) about why you object to wind turbines in these bird-sensitive areas.

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