Save the Birds!
  • Petitioned Save the Birds!

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U.S. Department of Interior and California Department of Fish and Game
Save the Birds!

Save the Birds!

    1. Richard Wottrich
    2. Petition by

      Richard Wottrich

Wind power is the one of the fastest growing forms of Alternative Energy, heavily subsidized at both the state and federal level. But the hidden worldwide cost of this subsidized power is dead raptors and birds, killed by thousands of massive wind turbine blades - including protected species of eagles, hawks and owls. Federal government estimates indicate that 22,000 wind turbines in operation in 2009 were killing 440,000 birds per year.

California supports roughly 2,500 golden eagles. The state’s largest wind farms kill, on average, more than 80 eagles per year. California is set to triple wind capacity in the coming years. At this rate the magnificent Golden Eagle will be extinct in a few years.

There is no state or federal prohibition regarding bird deaths or requirement to engage in research to find a solutions – there ARE solutions available that can minimize bird deaths.

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) Vice-President Mike Parr said, “Bird deaths from wind power are the new inconvenient truth. The total number of birds killed and the amount of bird habitat lost will dramatically increase as wind power build-out continues across the country in a rush to meet federal renewable energy targets.”

Birds at risk include Golden Eagles, Whooping Cranes, Brown Pelicans, Northern Gannets, sea ducks, loons, terns, sage-grouse, prairie-chickens, and many migratory songbirds.

Imagine waking up one morning and hearing and seeing no birds. Now imagine explaining that to your child.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Wall Street Journal article about Golden Eagles in California

      Richard Wottrich
      Petition Organizer

      Wind Power blades in California killing 80 Golden Eagles a year

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Wind Power Farms are killing thousands of bats

      Richard Wottrich
      Petition Organizer

      Bats are one of the most beneficial mammals on earth. Most bats are nocturnal and use radar to navigate. When they migrate south and pass close to giant wind power turbines, the huge changes in air pressure as the blades sweep by collapse their lungs - killing them. The article linked below suggests that 400,000 bats are killed this way each year in North America alone.

    4. There are simple solutions, if the government would mandate them.

      Richard Wottrich
      Petition Organizer

      Simple changes in lighting are but one option.

    5. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • pam johnson SKOKIE, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I

      dont want to explain to the kids why there no birds!!

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    • Terri Scheinuck COTTONWOOD, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Again, the EXPERTS provide absolutely no fore thought. How do we clean up billions of gallons of oil, why worry about neuclear plants on top of fault lines....

      What is wrong with you people?

      It is 2012, time to wake up.

      Hang shiney things on the wind mills to scare the birds away...

      for pete's sake.

      THINK, your experts, surely you can come up with a workable solution.

      Try.

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    • Patricia Randolph PORTAGE, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      Why can't we ever plan ahead for these obvious perils? Because humans rarely plan for other species to live on this planet. WIldlife refuges heavily hunted and trapped - change state agencies to general public funding instead of killing licenses so we can start planning for things like this instead of more ways and species to kill. NOW!

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    • Victoria Smith EVANSTON, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Because birds help to plant seeds, get rid of bugs and give us something to look at in awe and beauty.

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    • sharon WOTTRICH GLENVIEW, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      We all need birds to ad beauty to our lives

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