Recently, a JLL reader sent me a copy of the NRA publication, The American Hunter. The reader said I could expect it and I was waiting anxiously because I was told there was an article in the May issue that expressed concerns about how many migratory birds and upland birds are being lost in the industrial wind effort.
After all, the NRA has a very big political influence in our country and their publications are well read. In the past, a reader gave me a copy of another NRA article that expressed concerns about the amount of land that was being taken up by industrial wind factories. Use of valuable hunting lands is another legitimate concern about what is becoming a very controversial energy program that is hitting some of the most beautiful parts of America.
So, let me thank the reader for sending me the magazine and I will go on....
This, by Kyle Wintersteen, from the May 2012 edition of the NRA's American Hunter:
The swarming flock of little 10-gram warblers makes its way south using the stars as navigation. But the October cloud cover hangs low and dense, snuffing out the starlight and forcing the songbirds to travel at reduced altitude.
|A scene like this can be witnessed on Wolfe Island|
nearly every day during the Spring and Fall
Ah, but twinkling lights up ahead assure the birds they’re on the right path. Then, disaster, for the illumination is not that of stars but the aircraft-warning lights of hundreds of massive wind turbines. Disoriented and panicked, the birds crash into each other and into the ground. A few even strike the spinning blades. Other confused birds circle the lights until they fall to the ground exhausted. By morning nearly 500 birds lay dead at the Laurel Mountain wind farm near Elkins, W.Va.
It is the largest bird kill to occur at a wind facility, but certainly not the first. Wind turbines kill an estimated 440,000 birds per year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), including an average of 67 golden eagles annually in the San Francisco area alone—a stat to remember the next time a greenie suggests lead ammo harms birds of prey. Most of the deaths involve birds in the act of migration, at night, in low visibility.
Since nobody denies that wind farms do kill quite a few migratory birds, and that by 2030 an estimated 20 percent of U.S. energy will come from wind, it’s critical that those who love birds—and love to hunt birds—understand how it could affect them.
What do wind turbines spell for one of the most popularly hunted migratory birds in America?
The article then goes on to describe some optimism and a rationalization by an obvious industrial wind supporter. But more and more, support for the environmental takeover by industrial wind becomes weak.
Thanks for sending me the article.