Wind turbines are not as eco-friendly as you may think.
Did you know that wind turbines kill birds?
Yes, they definitely do kill!
And not only birds, but bats as well.
Ohio is a very nature-wealthy state with its great diversity in topography such as woodlands, marshes, prairies, hills, cliffs, beautiful fresh water lakes, rivers and ponds. This variety attracts many nesting and migrating birds. The word bird includes ducks, swans, raptors, warblers, etc. They desperately need these natural places to survive.
What happens when these turbines kill birds and bats?
There will be a devastating rise in the insect population because birds and bats eat lots of bugs. For instance, a hummingbird will eat 2,000 bugs in one day. Dabbling ducks eat plants and many insects. Bats will eat up to 1,200 bugs in one hour.
- increase of many diseases
- increase in genetically altered foods
- farm animals will need more antibiotics
- farmers will use more pesticides
- the increase of pesticides will be in our food and get into our water system
- more phosphorus will be used to help plants grow to defeat the bugs and this will lead to more runoff that causes toxic green algae (cyanobacteria).
- more toxic green algae will kill more wildlife
- more toxic green algae will also poison our drinking water such as it did in 2015 to the Western Lake Erie basin (see LakeErieAlgae.com for more information)
- more and more problems
Why are birds important?
Do you have trouble believing a slim structure can kill birds?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that 5 to 50 million birds are killed by communication towers each year.
Above: Taken in October 2011, the worst algae bloom that Lake Erie has experienced in decades. Record torrential spring rains washed fertilizer into the lake, promoting the growth of microcystin producing
cyanobacteria blooms. By Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon (NASA Earth Observatory) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Recently on September 26 and 27, 2016 the illuminated Shawnee's Memorial cross killed over 130. There are many more tragic deaths from towers. (See photo and articles below.)
Can you imagine what devastation occurs with a rotating wind turbine?
An estimated 250,000 Red Breasted Mergansers will group on Lake Erie in one day during late fall. (Read more at Ohio Division of Natural Resources (ONDR)-Division of Wildlife here.)
Lake Erie is likely to be the world's most important staging area. And there are plans now for six wind turbines to be in Lake Erie north of the Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Also, The Ohio National Guard, Camp Perry base has started work on a turbine. It is directly part of the most important migratory flyway in the state. It is next to the marshes known as the "World's Warbler Capitol"or Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. One of the country's important migratory flyway, resting, and feeding spots. (See the Map)
IT WILL KILL BIRDS!
Read "Camp Perry turbine motion rekindles suit" - Organizations vow to block Air Guard plan published by the Toledo Blade on Friday, October 28, 2016 here.
The harm is unconceivable and endless to what this will do to our planet! There are other renewable forms of energy we should invest in.
If we concentrate more on Solar Energy, this source of renewable power may became more economical for individuals. We would have solar panels on our roof and that's not going to harm our treasured wildlife.
Kathy Murphy is a Member of Western Cuyahoga Audubon who enjoys Second Saturday Bird Walks, Field Trips and photography. Learn more about Kathy at Western Cuyahoga Audubon Member Profile: Kathy Murphy.