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Pattern Energy Group will not build 2000 acre wind farm near Sacramento-

Plans for a 2000 acre (3 1/2 square mile) wind farm NW of Sacramento have been scrapped because of its probable bad effects on the local bird population.  The wind farm, which would capture enough energy for 100 megawatts of electricity had [...]

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This has to be one of the most egregious incidents of wildlife destruction I’ve heard of in recent times. A farmer has admitted to destroying an entire colony of pelican nests. 2,400 eggs and chicks were destroyed by a farmer who complained that the colony was destroying his crops.

Pelicans are protected under the [...]

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The USDA Agricultural Research Service’s US Sheep Experiment Station (USSES) near Dubois, Idaho has been in existence since Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding started to withdraw land from the public domain for the USSES to conduct research to support the sheep industry in 1915. Until Western Watersheds Project and the Center [...]

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Op-Ed: A mighty wind

On August 8, 2011 By

Trevor Butterworth takes a look at the double-standard for wildlife protections Wind Developers are allowed to play by as compared to other energy industries.  Regulations to prevent huge impacts to birds and wildlife are “voluntary” and often written by the Wind Industry itself.

Op-Ed: A mighty wind - Trevor Butterworth – The Daily

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Biofuel crops can be a big threat to wildlife, or not, as this article shows-

Biofuel Grasslands Better for Birds. Science Daily.

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Safeguards needed to prevent population declines in the Whooping Crane and Greater Sage-Grouse, and reduce mass mortality among eagles and songbirds

The American Bird Conservancy weighs in on wind farms and their concerns for many rare bird species.

Wind Development Threatens Iconic American Birds.
American Bird Conservancy Press Release

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Some “physical trama” was cause-

A very odd story.  This happened 30 minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

More than 1,000 dead blackbirds fall from sky in Arkansas. AP in MSNBC

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Spring Valley, Nevada

On November 29, 2010 By

Where NOT to hastily site an Industrial-scale Wind Energy Project
Just north of Great Basin National Park, east of Ely in Eastern Nevada, lies a public landscape called Spring Valley.

Spring Valley is a miraculous place, renowned for its magnificent skies and as critical habitat for sagebrush obligate species such as sage grouse and [...]

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Well, Well, Well

On July 7, 2010 By
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The Skunks and Badgers leave island with pelicans.

The plan to introduce skunks and badgers to an island in Eastern Idaho’s Blackfoot River Reservoir so that they would prey on pelican eggs has failed because the skunks and badgers have left the island.

Badgers, skunks to F&G: Thanks but no thanks to island plan.
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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey