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Bald Eagle Killed by Wind Turbine, Ontario

The Ministry of Natural Resources may say the jury is still out but one healthy eagle out of a total of nine nesting pairs in Norfolk County may be unsustainable if it occurs every year and with more wind farms proposed along the north shore of Lake Erie the number of deaths can only increase. Why are we experimenting with an endangered species? ~ Dan Wrightman

The jury is still out on whether wind turbines are a threat to the bald eagle, which continues to make a steady comeback in Ontario, says a ministry of natural resources biologist.

“It’s still a relatively new thing,” Ron Gould of the MNR’s Aylmer office said of the turbines that dot the north shore of Lake Erie, the bird’s main habitat in southern Ontario. “It may take several years to conclude conclusively.”

 

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Four Bald Eagles Killed

Authorities say they're looking for whomever may have shot and killed four bald eagles in Davis County, Iowa. While no longer on the Endangered Species List, it's estimated there are only 5,000 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 States.
Posted: 12:14 PM Apr 15, 2010

Authorities say they're looking for whomever may have shot and killed four bald eagles in Davis County, Iowa. While no longer on the Endangered Species List, it's estimated there are only 5,000 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 States.

 

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Shot-gunned eagle soars again

By KATU News and KATU.com Staff

Story Published: Jun 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM PDT

A bald eagle shot with shot-gun BBs flies again Saturday after six weeks of rehabilitation in Astoria.

 

RAINIER, Ore. – A 5-year-old bald eagle injured with bird shot and found on a beach near Rainier, Ore., in late-April was released over the weekend.

The bird's June12 release, just east of Astoria, follows six weeks of rehabilitation after being found by two horseback riders near Dibblee Point Beach on the Columbia River. It was rehabilitated at the Wildlife Center of the North Coast, based in Astoria.

 

 

X-rays showed multiple shot-gun BBs in her head, neck, body, and both wings. One of the BBs was near her left eye, causing the bird to go blind in that eye.
 

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One of VA Nature Park's Eagles Dies

 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP)
One of two bald eagles at Richmond's nature park has died.

Posted: 7:00 AM May 15, 2010

One of two bald eagles at Richmond's nature park has died.

Maymont officials say Liberty, the female eagle in the city park's native Virginia wildlife collection, was pronounced dead this week. Her exact age wasn't known, but she had been at Maymont since August 2008.

The cause of death hasn't been determined but the eagle had a foot infection in the fall and had an irregular heartbeat.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia cared for Liberty after she was found in 2007 with a broken wing in a King and Queen County landfill.

 

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Bald eagle killed by wind turbine in Norfolk County

Posted By M Anderson
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A dead Bald Eagle was found about 40 metres from an industrial wind turbine in Norfolk County last year. The eagle’s body was sent to Bird Studies Canada and then to the MNR. An examination of the carcass showed it had injuries consistent with a sudden impact while toxicology tests indicated it was otherwise healthy
MNR Representative, Ron Gould stated “It may take several years to conclude conclusively.”
One healthy eagle out of a total of only nine nesting pairs in Norfolk County may be unsustainable. This wind facility has been operating only a year. Thousands more turbines are proposed along the north shore of Lake Erie and the number of deaths can only increase. Why are we experimenting with an endangered species?
The tips of these blades are travelling at speeds of 200 mph, sweeping the size of a football field. Eagles naturally soar on wind currents, as they always have. But the MNR blames the eagle for being “careless”.
The mortality of one bald eagle from a nesting pair is most likely the loss of a nesting site and increases the mortally chances (which is already high) for eaglets if killed during the nesting season. Bald eagles mate for life.
Killing or even harassing a bald eagle is supposed to be a chargeable offence. What sort of investigation was done to ensure proper mitigation was in place? Well, you see, the CEO of International Power who owns this turbine also happens to be the Executive Vice President of the Liberal Party of Canada, Mike Crawley. Judge for yourself.

 

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