Animals Today – May 18, 2014. Federal government sued over wind farm regulations. Repopulating wild bison herds: A good idea?

On Sunday’s Show, Lori welcomed three acclaimed guests.

The first topic revolved around the lawsuit recently filed by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) against the Department of the Interior, which is now able to approve 30-year permits for wind farms. Dr. Michael Hutchins, National Coordinator, Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign, American Bird Conservancy, explained what motivated the suit, how wind farms harm raptors, and what ABC hopes to achieve in this action.

Following that, Mark Duchamp, President, Save the Eagles International, joined Lori to give his perspective on the suit, and covered a myriad of conservation problems associated with wind energy.

The second topic of the show was wild bison herd management in Europe. Captive raised bison from the British Isles have just been released to join a herd in Romania, ostensibly to improve the gene pool and increase the size of the herd. Is this practice proven to actually work? And are zoos justified in claiming that release of captive bred animals into the wild is good conservation? Professor Marc Bekoff provided his perspective.

And hot animal news from around the globe.

Listen to the show here.

Dr. Marc Bekoff

Dr. Marc Bekoff

Marc Duchamp

Mark Duchamp

Dr. Michael Hutchins

Dr. Michael Hutchins

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3 Responses to “Animals Today – May 18, 2014. Federal government sued over wind farm regulations. Repopulating wild bison herds: A good idea?”

  1. Mark Duchamp May 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity given me to defend wildlife against one of the worse aggressions of man against biodiversity: wind farms. And my apologies for not being concise enough, which led to a somewhat abrupt end to my comments – telephone does not transmit sign language, unfortunately.

    Some may find this interesting:
    Windfarms kill over 100 million birds and bats a year
    http://wcfn.org/2014/05/21/bullet-news-3/

    Mark Duchamp

  2. Nick January 29, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    So, on the low side of this estimation of 13,000,000 killed by 40,000 wind turbines, every turbine kills 325 bird per year. Is this why when I drive by the local wind farm there are mountains of dead birds piled up around them? *sarcasm*

    The stats you’re trying to use for support of your argument are completely absurd.

    “Oh people can come up with statistics to prove anything Kent. Forfty percent of all people know that.”
    – Homer Jay Simpson

  3. Mark Duchamp January 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Wrong. It’s 13 million birds AND BATS a year. As wind turbines kill about twice as many bats as they do birds, the figure would be about 4 million birds, or 100 birds per turbine/year. This comes to an average of less than one bird killed every 3 days.

    The carcasses (or the wounded birds) are picked up by foxes, coyotes, crows, gulls, raptors, cats etc. which is why so few are found.

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