Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Eagles and Wind Industry

Subject: Eagles and Wind Industry
From: Thomas Salo 
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:38:46 -0500
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You may have heard the recent media reports about the feds issuing 30 
year "take" permits for wind farms. This is from a current NAS Action 

/"We must act quickly to urge Interior Secretary Jewell to reverse a 
recent decision to grant 30-year eagle permits to the wind industry. 
Newer technology and siting information is available that could pose 
less risk to birds, but the Interior's action has put Bald and Golden 
Eagles at risk/." I hope you will take the time to click on the link and 
send a letter to the Interior Secretary.

As you may know, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society recently stalled (or 
halted) a wind project in Walton, NY. For risk to eagles, we consider 
the site one of the worst places in New York to build such a project. 
During discussions with regulators, I was told USFWS was considering 
issuing a take permit for Bald Eagles for this project based on a 
fatally flawed eagle risk assessment.  I urge people to use the NAS 
action alert and/or send personalized comments. You can use the 
information on the South Mountain Wind Project below to personalize your 

If you would like detailed information about the egregious problems with 
the South Mountain Project in Walton risk assessment, feel free to 
contact me off the list.

Tom Salo

Tom Salo
5145 State Highway 51
West Burlington, NY 13482

    WIND ENERGY PROJECTS were ignored, e.g. local bird clubs and hawk
    watches were not contacted as required.
  * Local hawk watch data - readily available on both local and national
    hawk count web sites - were ignored.
  * Golden Eagle was not included in the Environmental Assessment Form
    even though the project is in a fall and spring concentration area,
    and wintering birds are regular.
  * Bald Eagles nest very close to the project and concentrate around
    the adjacent Cannonsville Reservoir in winter.
  * After being directed by regulators to contact DOAS, the Franklin
    Mountain Hawk Watch, and Golden Eagle researchers tracking
    telemetered eagles, the developers failed to do so.
  * 40% of the GPS tracked Golden Eagles in eastern North America spent
    time within 10 miles of the project area.
  * The developer hired incompetent surveyors to record raptors. No
    Broad-winged Hawks were recorded in September when they are the most
    numerous and visible raptor in the sky. Broad-winged Hawks were
    recorded in early March a month before they arrived in New York.
    These are not the only troubling data.
  * The developer failed to adequately survey peaks of the spring and
    fall Golden Eagle migration.  Only 4 days were covered in November
    2012, and only one of those days had NW winds. Only 2 days were
    covered during the first 2 weeks of March - a spring migration peak.
  * No winter surveys were done. Winter risk assessment was based upon
    their faulty migration data.


Subject: Wind Farm 30yr Permitting
From: Larry Federman 
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:26:43 -0500
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OK, the Snowies at JFK have a reprieve, thanks for all the support.  Here is a 
wider-ranging issue that needs immediate attention. There is a "Take Action" 
link in the article:

Here’s the direct link to the Action Alert:;jsessionid=93A828DA34981EB5C99FD958732790DA.app304a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1549&autologin=true

Let’s get this spread as far and wide as possible!


Larry Federman
President, Northern Catskills Audubon Society, Inc.