Animal Issues

dead whales

 

By P Gosselin on 8. September 2010

Baltic I windpark is 15 km from the Baltic shore where the dead whales washed up.

Earlier today German Radio reported that an uusually large number of dead whales have washed up on the North German Baltic beaches over the last 2 weeks.

Now some believe that a newly installed Baltic 1 offshore windpark (see map) consisting of 21 2.3-MW turbines may be responsible, according to reports.

I searched the Internet for more information, but the story appears to be bottled up for now. The online dnews.de has a small report.

It… Read more

fish face death

 

Credit: By Lesley Richardson, The Scotsman, scotsman.com 4 August 2010


Noise pollution from shipping, drilling for oil or wind farms could lead fish away from their natural habitat into areas where they could die, potentially devastating future fish stocks.

A UK-led team made the discovery while working on the Great Barrier Reef as well as debunking the myth that fish have three-second memories.

Dr Steve Simpson, senior researcher in the University of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences, said: “When only a few weeks old, baby reef fish face a monumental challenge in locating and choosing suitable habitat.

“Reef noise… Read more

protect us

Why dormice are set to stop a £12m Morrisons supermarket project

The humble dormouse is potentially standing in the way of the development of a £12m Morrisons supermarket in Wadebridge, Cornwall.

 

By Sarah Butler
Published: 6:30AM BST

Dormice set to stop a L12m Morrisons supermarket project

Morrisons, one of three retailers proposing sites around the town, wants to build a store on the local football club ground.
To gain permission it has offered to provide a replacement ground at nearby Bodieve. But the possibility that dormice, a European Protected Species, are inhabiting that site has led planning officers… Read more

stranded whales

Credit: By Simon Johnson, The Telgraph, www.telegraph.co.uk 15 March 2011

Offshore wind farms are one of the main reasons why whales strand themselves on beaches, according to scientists studying the problem.

 

Environmentalists have blamed submarines’ sonar and a ground-breaking study has confirmed that sonar does disturb the navigation of whales but it has suggested that offshore wind farms, as well as oil rigs, and even passing ships, posed an even greater threat.

Scientists at the University of St Andrews studying beaked whales, a species that frequently becomes beached in Britain, concluded that they were extraordinarily timid creatures… Read more

speaking animals

wind farmsStudies carried out on the impact of existing offshore turbines suggest many animals do not hear their low-frequency noise. Yet it’s important to consider the potential impacts of offshore wind farm developments on coastal animals and how their habitat might be impacted by increased erosion or accretion.

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corkscrew deathsExperts probing the so-called ‘corkscrew deaths’ of seals on Britain’s East Coast believe the building of a huge offshore wind farm could be to blame.

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impact on waterfowlDucks Unlimited Canada  Newsletter EASTERN REGION(Ontario)

Volume 31,Number 4, 2010

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is in support of environmentally sustainable sources  of energy that reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. DUC recognizes, however, that all forms of power generation entail environmental trade-offs, and that there are drawbacks to alternatives including wind turbine developments. Our organization is concerned about our sustainability of such developments and that they are implemented in geographic locations and in a manner that does not negatively impact waterfowl populations and the wetland and upland habitats on which they depend.

DUC has significant concerns with the… Read more

heightened sensitivitiesIt appears that animals are even more susceptible to low frequency noise than humans. The animal kingdom relies upon a wide range of sound frequencies inaudible to humans. It has to be remembered that within these sensitive habitats where almost no background noise is experienced, the low frequency noise and vibration projected (and transmitted through the earth) by industrial wind turbine operation is most certainly threatening or confusing to wildlife. The hearing and vibration sensitivity of most creatures in the wild is far more acute than human sound perception.

Confusion by sound emanations can lead to the failure of hunting… Read more

friends of animals speak upUnfortunately, some existing wind farms are located on important bird migration areas, bat migration areas, or both. The result? Thousands of raptors and bats are killed when they fly into moving turbine blades. The infamous Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area in northern California, for example, contains some 5,000 wind turbines spread over a fifty square-mile area. And they’re located on an important raptor hotspot. As a result, thousands of Golden Eagles and other hawks and owls have been killed at this site during the past two decades. The deaths have been followed by heated public debate. Law suits are pending… Read more