BREAKING NEWS STORY – Whooping Cranes may be exterminated by so-called ‘green’ wind-energy installations.
The following information is provided by raptor expert and wind-farm watchdog Jim Wiegand, presented here as excerpt. Full story with more details can be read at my Examiner column, here:
The following information is provided by raptor expert and wind-farm watchdog Jim Wiegand, presented verbatim:
Breaking News- The Central Flyway Whooping Crane Population is in big trouble
Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma
Note from Jim Wiegand – I sent this to the LA times Yesterday. With in 1/2hour I was on the phone with a very interested reporter. He was interested because it truly is a big story. I was in the middle of talking with him when the Editor urgently interrupted our phone call. He said he had to talk with him and we would talk a little later. We never did. It appears that someone at the top pulled the plug. I have had it happen before. You and I both know how the money works with these corporations. Jim
There is a very important story here. All this is being kept quiet while the wind industry is busy building new wind energy projects and being permitted for many others. Since 2007 the installation of wind turbines has increased over 400% in the states Texas, Iowa, and Oklahoma. These are very important migration stops for the Whopping Crane population. The numbers below do not LIE. Below are some of my notes.
The Central Flyway Whooping Crane Population is in big trouble. I am 100 percent sure they have been getting hammered by the wind turbines in the central flyway.
In the 12 month period between July of 2008 and June 2009 57 whooping cranes died with 53 bodies that were never recovered. I had to dig to get this information.
This year it looks like the flock could have similar mortality numbers. I have a feeling the tipping point for this highly endangered population will be this year and the population will decrease. Since 2006 crane mortality has risen both in percentage and actual numbers. This is extremely important and the stagnant numbers do not lie. The Whooping crane population was rising steadily until 2006 but since then, the central flyway population has hit a wall from too much yearly mortality. Look at the numbers below, The recruitment into the population has been stagnant for 5 years.
The drought has been the official reason given for the dead whooping cranes since the 2008-2009 season. Yet we are also being told “scientists do not know the main cause or locations(of death)”. This year it has been documented that they are changing their migration behavior. I want everyone to understand something else about these birds that has to do with their changing behavior or dispersal. This could be a fear response from some of the older ones in the flock steering the family groups the dangers of the turbines after having seen other group members pulverized by wind turbines.
Since our government agencies have a history of rigging data, the public should demand transparency which would include images of all nest sites.
(Author note) This travesty impacts anything that flies – cranes, endangered California Condors, eagles, gulls – even BATS are struck down by these archaic monstrosities, knocked out by the change in air-pressure around the whirling blades and then bludgeoned by the turbines. More, fisheries and offshore birds are decimated by offshore installations which destroy sensitive ocean-beds and draw gliding birds to their deaths.
Not a very good track-record considering these wind farms advertise themselves as GREEN (Earth-friendly) energy producers. Remember, most wind installation projects are actually Big Oil and Coal Corporation endeavors. And – we’ve all seen how much we can trust Big Oil and Big Coal.
Worse, per recent private correspondence from Mr. Wiegand, when those energy projects already on the books are installed by the industry in the Texas, Iowa, and Oklahoma, there will be 4 times the current number of wind turbines. This means there will soon be 16 times more wind energy projects than in 2007. and this does not even include wind energy projects for the remaining Central Flyway States.
If you care about TRULY Earth-friendly technology, tell you local and Federal decision-makers that it is not acceptable to chop up our wildlife for so-called ‘green’ energy. There ARE nonlethal and truly green, sustainable energy alternatives that are currently being suppressed by the mega Oil, Coal and Wind corporations.
For a very in-depth and detailed look at the evidence, please see the full report posted on my Examiner page, HERE.