Although wind turbines have been growing in popularity as an energy alternative in the 21 st century, there has been little to no testing done on the effects that these towering turbines could have on animals or for that matter, humans in the vicinity.
There are currently no noise standards for wildlife in the U.S. However the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, in a document titled The Effects of Noise on Wildlife, concludes that “although there are few studies specifically focused on the noise effects of wind energy facilities on birds, bats and other wildlife, scientific evidence regarding the effects of other noise sources is widely documented.”
Those impacts include both audible noise and low-frequency infrasound which turbines generate. “It is important to take precautionary measures to ensure that noise impacts at wind facility are thoroughly investigated prior to development,” the USFWS determined.
Declines in some bird species have occurred at noise thresholds as low as 35 decibals (dba), the USFWS notes. Noise levels of 35 to 43 dba have been measured up to a mile from turbines. Closer in, within 300 feet, sound levels of 50 dba have been recorded. Noise can interfere with communications among birds, having an impact “ultimately on avian health and survival,” according to the USFWS report.
Chickens near wind farms have been known to lay shell-less or soft-shelled eggs resulting in deaths of chickens.
Dr. Nina Pierpont at Johns Hopkin University School of Medicine has concluded that Wind Turbine Syndrome occurs in people as well as in animals. “During my research interviews I collected anecdotal information on animal problems. I heard about moles, deer, dogs, horses, ponies, alpacas, goats, seals, sea eagles (Norway), killdeer, and frogs—all of whom disappeared, behaved abnormally, and/or had observed reproductive failure,” she has written.
Mass animal die-offs
In an article titled Are Wind Turbines Killing Innocent Goats? Discovery Magazine reported that a Taiwanese farmer blames the death of 400 goats on a nearby wind facility. His claim is backed up by a local livestock inspector who said unusual sounds can impact animals’ appetite, growth and sleep. The farmer has stated that the goats had been unable to sleep and began losing weight prior to their deaths.
In Wisconsin, a farmer who tells his story on YouTube describes losing 19 cattle that died or had to be put down because they were “pretty much lifeless.” In addition, 30 calves have died. The farm is within a mile of a wind facility. One cow removed from the site and moved elsewhere later recovered, the farmer stated.
An Ontario, Canada goat farmer reported that all 20 of his nanny goats miscarried or had kids that died within hours of birth.
The huge whirling; forty foot monster windmill blades are also literally sucking the lungs out of huge numbers of bats. They are dying at an alarming rate. Wind turbines kill a rather staggering 600,000 to 900,000 bats every year, according to a new study. According to another study on birds in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, every year 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors) are killed by wind turbines.
Honey bees are heading for extinction. Apart from the cruel nature of the bat’s deaths; they share one thing in common with bees–They are pollinators. No pollination means a there can be a huge threat to our food supply.
Yet not a word; nothing done to stop the zealots and their “green” windmills. Forests burning needlessly; the bat population in crisis; honeybee Colony Collapse disorder….Yet these eco idiots run around claiming that man-made (bogus) “climate change” is the imminent threat.
Over the past five years, about 2.9 million birds were killed by wind turbines. That compares to about 800,000 birds that a Mother Jones Blog estimated to have been killed by the BP oil spill that occurred in April 2010[iii]—5 years ago–despite not all of them showing visible signs of oil. Nevertheless, BP was fined $100 million for killing and harming migratory birds due to that oil spill. In comparison, the nation’s wind turbines killed more than 3 times the number of birds than did the BP oil spill over the past 5 years. And, wind turbines routinely kill federally protected birds and eagles.
The Obama Administration on December 9, 2013, finalized a regulation that allows wind energy companies and others to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution by the federal government. The American Bird Conservancy filed suit in federal court against the Department of the Interior, charging it with multiple violations of federal law. [viii] Nonetheless, the Shiloh IV Wind Project in California, for example, received a permitfrom the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allowing it to kill eagles, hawks, peregrine falcons, owls and songs birds while not being subjected to the normal prohibitions afforded under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Treaty Act.[ix]
According to a 2014 study by federal scientists in the journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications, building collisions are estimated to kill 365 million to 988 million birds annually in the United States. And, according to a 2013 report from scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and FWS, stray and outdoor pet cats kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals, mostly native mammals like shrews, chipmunks and voles, annually. But these deaths do not excuse the wind and solar industry’s killing of birds. Unless, of course, BP and ExxonMobil should be excused as well–instead of playing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
Despite bird and bat deaths at wind and solar farms, few have been fined for violating the law while oil and electric generating companies have paid heavily for such violations. It will be interesting to see if this will change as the wind and solar industries grow.
 In 2011, the Fish and Wildlife Service reported only 6,147 birds killed. See http://www.fws.gov/home/dhoilspill/pdfs/ConsolidatedWildlifeTable041711.pdf
[i] Daily Caller, Wind Turbines Kill More Birds Than the BP Oil Spill, April 20, 2015, http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/20/wind-turbines-kill-more-birds-than-bp-oil-spill
[ii] Greenwire, 3,500 birds died at Ivanpah ‘power towers’ in first year, April 24, 2015, http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2015/04/24/stories/1060017406
[iii] Mother Jones, The BP Oil Spill Happened 5 Years Ago Today. We are Still Paying the Price., April 20, 2015, http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/04/five-year-anniversary-deepwater-horizon-bp-spill
[iv] American Wind Energy Association, http://www.awea.org/Resources/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=5059
[v] National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, Avian Mortality at Solar Energy Facilities in Southern California, http://www.eenews.net/assets/2015/01/19/document_gw_03.pdf
[vi] Forbes, Republicans Develop an Interest in bird deaths, March 29, 2014, http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2014/03/29/republicans-develop-an-interest-in-bird-deaths/
[vii] The Christian Science Monitor, Eagle Deaths: Unprecedented $1 million fine for Wyoming wind farms, November 23, 2013, http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2013/1123/Eagle-deaths-Unprecedented-1-million-fine-for-Wyoming-wind-farms
[viii] American Bird Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy Sues Feds Over 30-Year Eagle Kill Rule, http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/140619.html
[ix] Master Resource, Wind Power Slaughter, July 16, 2014, https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/windpower-slaughter-shiloh-1/