Radar to protect birds from Wind Farms?

6 05 2009

One of conservationists biggest objections to wind farms is the possible damage that they might inflict upon migrating birds, bats etc in the form of ‘tower strikes’. To me personally it has always been a case of weighing up the greater good; with a few dead birds unfortunately probably outweighed by the benefits that renewable energy brings. Lets face it if the planet temperatures do rise significantly then the damage to bird populations is going to be much more stark than the relatively small numbers of birds that end up hitting these wind turbines. However it seems that a Spanish power company in Texas is at least making some inroads into managing the problem by using radar technology to predict when birds will most be in danger of striking turbines (during inclement weather) and using this radar to predict when to shut turbines down to minimise bird strikes. More about the isues and possible solutions in this article here.

Good news for the Kakapo

20 03 2009

After the mainly bad news in the state of the bird report post and the Spoonbill Sandpiper report yesterday here’s a slightly cheerier note on the flightless Kakapo from New Zealand (story here). On the same note there is an interesting series in the making where Stephen Fry, who is the ex-comedy partner of Hugh Laurie (House), follows in the footsteps of Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) to see some of the most endangered creatures on the planet. The above clip is from the series and there is a great accompanying website to the series (here). At the moment the video elements seem to be down – I hope it’s not blocked here in the US as some BBC content ca be>


Save The Albatross – good news coming?

22 02 2009
Black-browed Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

I note that the Independent Newspaper in the UK is saying that the Birdlife International Albatross Task Force seems to have had some considerable success with the methods that they have been piloting in the southern hemisphere to prevent albatross ‘bycatch’ during longline fishing. It seems like full findings will be presented at an event this evening. For details of the story visit the newspaper (here) or check the Save the Albatross Campaign website (here).

Warmer winters = more birds

22 02 2009

National Audubon has released a report saying that almost 60% of 305 species that overwinter in North America have shown a significant shift northwards in their use of wintering sites.  This seems to show a fairly direct correlation to long-term winter temperature increases. Have a look at the report (here) Must say that I wish this winter could have been a little warmer!!!!