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Cleanup Crews Trampling Pelican Nests

From a conflicted CNN:

Louisiana cleanup crews trampled pelican nests, official says

By the CNN Wire Staff
June 16, 2010

Venice, Louisiana (CNN) — Crews cleaning up the oil in one Louisiana parish have trampled the nests and eggs of birds including the brown pelican, which came off the endangered species list last year, the head of the parish said Wednesday.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said the parish doesn’t want to turn away contractors, but he called for more care when crews work in the sensitive wetlands.

He said officials recently found broken eggs and crushed chicks on Queen Bess Island, near Grand Isle.

Plastic bags containing snare boom were "recklessly placed" around the island without consideration for wildlife. In one picture released by the parish, a plastic bag was on top of a nest containing broken speckled eggs.

Dozens of people, including experienced veterinarians, have been going to the area from all over the country to help with the affected wildlife, the parish said.

Nungesser met with the Humane Society of the United States and asked it to work with contractors who are cleaning the birds to come up with a better way to enlist the help of volunteers, the parish said.

"We want to improve our comfort level of knowing someone is out there looking for these birds and other animals — doing all they can to save them," Nungesser said on the parish website.

"The people BP sent out to clean up oil trampled the nesting grounds of brown pelicans and other birds," he said. "Pelicans just came off the endangered species list in November of last year. They already have the oil affecting their population during their reproduction time, now we have the so-called clean up crews stomping eggs.

"The lack of urgency and general disregard for Louisiana’s wetlands and wildlife is enough to make you sick," he said.

You can’t teach common sense.

Still, how many birds are killed by wind farms every year?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Cleanup Crews Trampling Pelican Nests”

  1. untrainable says:

    Yeah, it should be a simple matter to get the armed robbers, rapists, and child molesters working on the cleanup to appreciate the delicate nature of their tasks. They should understand that the wildlife should be treated much more humanely than their previous victims… i mean associates.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    (Ethnicity comment withheld)

  3. proreason says:

    “”The lack of urgency and general disregard for Louisiana’s wetlands and wildlife is enough to make you sick,” he said.”

    as if having to listen to him on tv around the clock isn’t enough.

  4. confucius says:

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    Windmills Are Killing Our Birds

    By Robert Bryce
    September 7, 2009

    … Michael Fry of the American Bird Conservancy estimates that U.S. wind turbines kill between 75,000 and 275,000 birds per year. …

    According to the American Wind Energy Association, the industry’s trade association, each megawatt of installed wind-power results in the killing of between one and six birds per year. At the end of 2008, the U.S. had about 25,000 megawatts of wind turbines. …


    • heykev says:

      How exactly did they come up with that figure? Was someone counting dead birds under the wind turbines?

    • confucius says:

      The article cites three sources. In order of descending credibility:

      (1) A 2008 study conducted by the Alameda County Community Development Agency counted the number of birds actually killed at the Altamont Pass Wind Farm. The count resulted in an estimate of 10,000 bird-kills/year at Altamont alone.

      I could not find the total number of windmills in the U.S. since it would have been useful in extrapolating Altamont’s numbers. Altamont is one of the largest and oldest wind farms.

      (2) Another 2008 study conducted by the trade group, American Wind Energy Association, states that one to six birds were killed per megawatt (MW) of wind power and that the U.S. produced 25,000 MW that year.

      This translates into 25,000 to 150,000 bird-kills/year in the U.S.

      (3) Michael Fry from the American Bird Conservancy estimates 75,000 to 275,000 bird-kills/year in the U.S.

      I do not know how Mr. Fry derived his estimates, but they fall in a similar (if not wider) range than the American Wind Energy Association’s.


  5. Astravogel says:

    “How exactly did they come up with that figure?” Well, in ‘Nam
    it was called a WEG (wild-eyed guess). Blowin’ in the wind…

    Democratica Delinda Est!

  6. proreason says:

    “How exactly did they come up with that figure?”

    What’s the big mystery? Monitor a couple hundred windmills for 6 months, count the dead birds and multiply it by 2 to get an annual death rate per windmill, and then multiply that by the total number of windmills. Provided the machines are picked at random, it would be as accurate as polling.

    They said 1 to 6 per windmill birds per windmill, and then put a big range on the final result. Their numbers are probably a lot more accurate than they imply.

  7. Georgfelis says:

    Oh, its better than that. 1 to 6 birds per windmill per YEAR. So at the low end, a sparrow flys into a windmill once a year. Whoopie. That’s probably less than the number of birds killed per semi-truck on the highways. Put ’em out in big grass covered hills, let the cows graze around them (at least cows aren’t bothered by the noise) and let ’em rip. Admittedly they’re inefficient, noisy, produce power when not needed and dont produce when needed, and expensive, but maybe we can get the price down and the useability up. Just don’t cut off drilling and oil now in exchange for the possibility of maybe having green wind energy power your little greenmobile sometime later.

    • proreason says:

      To power the country, Missouri and everything west would have to be covered with windmills.

      Or better yet, all of the blue states.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I’m thinking, let’s fill in Nantucket Sound N-S-E-W with ’em first..then all of Long Island Sound, then start working on the Great Lakes too. Wind only works best when there’s no land to interfere with it, so every acre of open water should have them.

      Yeah, that’s the ticket.

      But, let’s not forget to put one (or several) wherever Pelosi’s gaze should level. And, let’s not forget Nevada, where, ever since the closing of the nuclear waste facility, there’ll be plenty of gubbmint land to plant windmills.

      Somewhere, there’s an analogy about a feller who used to “tilt at windmills”….Hmmmm.

      Miguel….something or other…. Wonder if he’s an illegal immigrant…..


    • confucius says:

      Not to worry, Rusty.

      Earlier this year (and soon after Ted Kennedy’s death), Ken Salazar allowed the long-stalled Cape Wind project to proceed. The project includes an offshore farm of 130 windmills located in Horseshoe Shoal which is about 12 miles from Hyannis Port which also happens to be home to the Kennedy Compound.

      How hilarious is that? Particularly given that Uncle Teddy blocked the project his entire miserable life–all the while proclaiming to be an advocate of wind power.

      Now, his beloved view will be tainted with windmills and dead birds.

      Do It For Teddy!

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