Wind Industry Not Held Accountable For Bird Deaths
ABC provided lengthy interviews and significant data that was used for this Associated Press story, documenting how the wind industry is not being held accountable for bird deaths, especially eagles, at wind farms. The story confirms that the shocking number of eagle deaths at some California wind farms are also occurring with similar frequency at some modern wind farms in Wyoming. ABC has long advocated for strengthened federal government management of wind industry siting and operating practices. We hope this AP story ultimately leads to bird-smart wind power and fewer needless bird deaths at wind farms.
This medium sized hawk spends most of its time in the air. Named for its diet, the hawk mainly feeds on flying prey like bats, swallows, swifts, and the occasional insect.
Their wings are narrow and aerodynamic so they are extremely fast and agile hunters. Long, slender legs and toes allow them to precisely grasp elusive prey. They are crepuscular hunters, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk, when their prey is also most active. Bat hawks prefer hunting in wide open spaces where they have room to maneuver and chase.
Their aerial agility is used in courtship. Bat hawks have relatively complex mating rituals and calls. Flips and turns are preformed to impress mates. They have a short, high pitched chirp.
For once, an animal that is not endangered or vulnerable
…is a species of Falconet (A genus of small birds of prey) found only in the state of Sabah in Borneo. Like other falconets this species feeds primarily on insects, but they will also take small birds and reptiles when given the chance. Not too much is known about thier biology as they are reported to have a small population size and are relatively rare. Although they are only listed as near threatened these small birds are suffering due to habitat loss.
People love their birds, and we’ve discovered that people with ospreys nesting on their property form a particular attachment.
So we had an idea: What if we could harness that interest? We run into all these waterfront property owners who like to talk about the ospreys that have been nesting for years on their docks or in trees. There had to be a way to turn osprey watchers into citizen-scientists. That was the impetus to the founding of OspreyWatch, now in its second year.
Over the next few weeks, bird watchers throughout the northern hemisphere will welcome ospreys as they return to their breeding grounds. For many, the time marks both the arrival of spring and the hope for a productive breeding season. For ornithologists, spring’s the busiest time of year. So, if you have some ospreys, we can use your help…
In addition to the multitude of exotic wildlife that the CITES treatyprotects, it also conserves many species native to the U.S., including the red-tailed hawk.
The Red-tailed Hawk can survive in a variety of habitats and altitudes, including deserts, grasslands, forests, agricultural fields and urban areas. It lives throughout the North American continent. In addition to its protection under CITES, it is also listed in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The Rules of Encountering Bald Eagles and Other Birds of Prey
by Nick Will
The iconic bald eagle is our national symbol. Despite no longer being an endangered species as of 2007, this bird is still protected on a federal level.
The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act was put into place in 1940 and prohibits people from “taking” bald or golden eagles. The act defines “take” as “pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb” and identifies certain criminal penalties for anyone who would “take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, offer to purchase or barter, transport, export or import, at any time or any manner, any bald eagle… [or golden eagle] alive, dead, or any part, nest or egg thereof.”
Jean Huggins of the Onondaga Audubon Society explained that possession of any part of an eagle or anything made by an eagle is a federal offense. He explained that penalties range; for example if someone was to be caught with an eagle feather it would be a much more relaxed punishment.
Disturbing the birds is also loosely defined as any behavior that could agitate the birds and cause an injury to the eagle, a decrease in its productivity by interfering with breeding, feeding, or sheltering behavior or nest abandonment.