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Birds are my passion! Conservation is my mission! If you love birds, you need to read on!
 
Here are some of my biggest concerns regarding birds and their future: (This needs to be said)
(BEWARE- Renewable Energy is not only part of the problem, it could, and IS, causing species to decline, become endangered and someday will even lead to the extinction of some of our most beautiful and beneficial birds!
 
Read these links and decide for yourself! (There are many more, but I can't include them all)
 
 
Some people (yes, scientists included) say wind turbines only kill relatively few birds. Really? How are wind turbines any different in height or lighting requirements than cell or communication towers? (That scientists KNOW and readily admit kill tens of millions of migratory birds each year) And what studies have been done to prove wind turbines kill few birds? Answer- NONE! At least none involving nocturnal migratory songbirds. We already know (and scientist admit) that wind farms take a huge toll on eagles and other large diurnal soaring birds.
 
Considering that many wind farms are built along migratory flyways, often in inaccessible areas like mountain ridges, over water, and on private property, we may never know the toll wind turbines take on birds like warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, orioles, thrushes, tanagers, flycatchers, wrens, shorebirds, cuckoos, sparrows, buntings, kinglets, thrashers and other migrants.
 
And lets not forget bats. Exploding lungs just by getting close to turbines have killed untold numbers of bats already. Add that to the bat die-off from White-nose Syndrome, and bats could end up in big trouble too!
 
Now after giving up their fight against bird-killing turbines, some environmental and bird organizations are calling for proper "siting" of wind turbines in order to prevent, or at least reduce, bird mortality. Of course they are. They cannot in good conscience be against alleged "clean" energy, or something that's "good for the environment," can they? Well, they could, but they may lose supporters; people who will believe anything the government says is for their own good or will "save the planet."
 
I ask  you this; Several towers in Kansas killed nearly 10,000 birds (Lapland Longspurs) in one evening. It was not during migration. It was not along a migration route. So how does one "site" a wind turbine, or wind farm, where it won't cause harm to large numbers of birds? And it's not just a one time deal. The giant killing machines are there season after season. Year after year. Twice each year, migrating birds will pass by and each time they are at risk of striking the structures that tower into their sky.
 
Is it not enough that we destroy millions of acres of pristine wildlife habitat to build wind and solar farms as well as maintenance roads going to each turbine? Now we destroy even more habitat to erect the power lines that transport this "unreliable" energy to the cities where it's needed. And yes, power lines are another hazard in itself, killing millions of birds each year!
 
I hope I am wrong in my analysis! Until I am proven wrong, I do not, and can not, support wind or solar power on a huge scale. I also think it's a little arrogant to believe that humans have caused climate change, or can even control the climate (to an extent.) Yes, clear cutting forests can possibly change weather patterns, but that goes back to the biggest problem- habitat destruction! By preserving habitat, we conserve birds and maintain cleaner air! I find it ironic that the people who support all this "clean energy" stuff and want a healthy environment refuse to preserve good native habitats in their own yards!   
 
As far as 'climate change,' I am not on board with this being something we should fear or something we can stop. Nor do I assume a changing climate on a still forming planet isn't to be expected. In a world that's 4 billion years old, and has gone through many "changes" over time, 140 years of record keeping tells me nothing about what "should" be, or what's "normal."
 
That said, I absolutely believe we pollute too much! Something should be done to lessen pollution, but so far our solutions have not satisfied me as a bird and nature lover. I think better things could be done to clean up the planet. Let's start with tangible pollution that we can actually see, like trash that's killing birds and animals by the millions each year. Cans, bottles, fishing line, balloons, plastic bags, etc. litter our waterways, parks, natural areas and roads. Surely, if the government can control the climate, they could find a way to get this stuff cleaned up!
 
Unless you are an actual "birder," you may not understand or agree with what I say. But here are the facts summed up by someone who knows birds and the reasons they need to be protected. Neotropical migrants migrate in the dead of night. They travel long distances twice each year. They are the birds you suddenly hear singing in spring as they arrive on their breeding grounds to reproduce. Most will not come to bird feeders because they, for the most part, only eat insects. (Grosbeaks and orioles are en exception and are easily drawn to bird feeders) 
 
To lose these insect-eating birds would be disastrous to us. Not only because the forests, fields, meadows, prairies and marshes would suddenly become eerily silent, but the resulting insect explosion would be detrimental to every aspect of human life, including our food consumption and spread of disease.
 
Until you grab a pair of binoculars and go out into nature in search of these beneficial birds, you will not understand my concerns. I once read this quote; "You cannot want to conserve something if you don't know it exists." So before calling for more renewables, like wind and solar, please learn about the things affected by it. Go look for some of these birds in their natural habitats. Once you find them, you will understand what's at stake. Wind and solar power may not sound so "green" after all!
  
All opinions are my own based on years of bird counts, research, volunteering, reading, and bird watching.) My bird photos (including some of the warblers and other neotropical migrants) can be found here:
 
Here are some of my favorite sites for birds and birding information: