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Bird Groups Raise Alarms over Wind Industry Installation of Six Giant Wind Turbines in Critical Great Lakes Bird Migration Corridor


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Prothonotary-Warbler_Owen-DeutschTN.jpgAmerican Bird Conservancy and Black Swamp Bird Observatory charge that millions of migrating and federally protected birds, including an active Bald Eagle nest, will be threatened by an Ohio wind development currently under construction. The concern was raised in a letter sent this week to federal officials.

 

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Here's some related news from the Birding Community E-bulletin, February 2014:

 

One of a number of wind turbine projects planned for the shores of Lake Erie in northwest Ohio was halted in late January following submission of a letter of intent to sue from the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). The two groups had vigorously opposed the project due to potential high risk to birds.

 

The two groups charged that efforts in connection with the wind project at Camp Perry Air National Guard Station outside of Port Clinton, Ohio, were in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other federal conservation and environmental laws.

 

Significantly, in correspondence to Camp Perry officials, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had already concluded that the wind-power construction would likely threaten federally protected birds. The USFWS called for a formal Endangered Species Act consultation, but the request was ignored by Camp Perry officials.

 

You can find more details here, from the Toledo Blade:

www.toledoblade.com/Energy/2014/01/30/Camp-Perry-shelves-plan-for-198-foot-wind-turbine.html

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