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Reports suggest that Duke Energy is behind the latest attack on Migratory Bird Treaty Act

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Wind power

Audubon Magazine report shows that the first wind energy producer fined for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act may be the force behind Congress’s latest effort to gut the nearly 100-year-old law. Share on Facebook

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Alameda County approves controversial extension for bird-killing wind turbines at Altamont

March 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay, Wind power

Despite opposition from Audubon California and other conservation groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved an extension for a wind company to continue using older generation wind turbines at Altamont Pass that are predicted to kill a number of protected bird species, including Golden Eagles. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the […]

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Study: California can embrace renewable energy without wrecking natural habitat

March 18th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Wind power

California can power itself three to five times over without embracing industrial-scale renewable energy that wrecks natural habitat, according to a new study by Stanford researchers. Researchers made this determination after reviewing the possibility of a built-out system of distributed generation (such as rooftop solar) and larger projects on already disturbed land, such as former […]

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Speak up for eagles in Sacramento, July 22

July 21st, 2014 · 3 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Wind power

America’s Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles need your voice. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will meet with the public on July 22 in Sacramento to discuss its proposal to issue a permit that would allow wind companies to kill Golden Eagles under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act – and we hope you […]

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Audubon’s position on wind power (and eagles)

December 11th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, National Audubon Society, Wind power

Audubon believes that climate change will be the greatest threat to birds that we will see in our lifetimes. The science supporting this notion (much of it researched by Audubon) is conclusive that unless we do something we could see serious negative impacts on birds. For this reason, our organization strongly supports the development of […]

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Speak out to protect eagles

December 7th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society, Wind power

As you’ve probably heard by now, the Department of Interior just approved a rule allowing a 30-year permit for killing Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles at wind energy developments across the country. We’re all for renewable energy, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Tell the Department of Interior that […]

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Audubon’s Yarnold slams federal decision to put eagles at risk

December 5th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society, Wind power

Audubon President David Yarnold this evening came out strong against a Department of Interior rule creating a 30-year permit that will allow for the killing of Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles at wind energy sites: “Instead of balancing the need for conservation and renewable energy, Interior wrote the wind industry a blank check,” said Audubon […]

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Wind energy company pleads guilty to killing protected Golden Eagles

November 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Wind power

In a landmark case, a wind energy company operating in Wyoming has pleaded guilty to killed Golden Eagles. Golden Eagles are a protected species, and this is the first time the law has been enforced against a wind farm. In its plea agreement with the federal government, Duke Energy has agreed to pay a $1 […]

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Bird deaths on the decline at Altamont

January 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, S.F. Bay, Wind power

If you’ve been following this issue, you know that the Altamont Pass wind energy farm has long been a black eye on the alternative energy industry because of the massive numbers of birds that are killed in the turbines. The fight against this outrage has been led by Golden Gate Audubon and a coalition of […]

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Why the Golden Eagle is a 2012 Bird of the Year nominee

December 6th, 2012 · Comments Off · Uncategorized, Wind power

While we feel like all the Eagle has to do to justify its nomination is play the above video and then drop the mike and walk off the stage; we recognize there are those of you who require more of conservation reason. Since the passing of the U.S. Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in […]

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An incredible story of survival

July 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Wind power

We just had to share this story from CNN about a baby Golden Eagle that survived the impossible. The eaglet was burned from head to talon in the Dump Fire that started three weeks ago and burned more than 5,500 acres south of Salt Lake City.  Luckily the Golden Eagle was discovered by a researcher […]

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Rush to Renewables

October 13th, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Global Warming, Wind power

In the face of climate change and limited fossil fuel resources, there is no question that we need to ramp up renewable energy development as quickly as possible. Our energy consumption shows no sign of slowing, and as electric vehicles become more widespread, energy demand will continue to increase. However, large-scale renewable energy projects like […]

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Video of wind turbine striking bird

November 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Conservation research, Global Warming, Video, Wildlife photos and video, Wind power

While we often talk about the danger of wind turbines to birds, few have ever actually seen these kinds of incidents because access to wind farms is limited. Here’s a video from Crete that shows what happens when a vulture strays too close to a turbine’s blades. Warning, the video is graphic and shows a bird […]

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Texas wind farm uses innovative radar system to avoid bird deaths

May 1st, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Wind power

Interesting story about a wind farm in Texas that uses NASA radar technology to avoid harming migratory birds. Share on Facebook

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Audubon chapters succeed in adding bird protections to Santa Barbara wind farm approval

October 6th, 2008 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Local Policy, Wind power

Three Audubon chapters working closely with an environmental group succeeded last week in convincing the Santa Barbara Planning Commission to include a number of bird protections in its approval of the Lompoc Wind Energy Project. News reports here and here. Share on Facebook

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