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Old 06-14-2013, 06:56 PM
Location: Pawnee Nation
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Wind power is coming to the fore as a potential green-energy source, but concern is growing among American Indian tribes about the price that birds may have to pay.

Eagles already are known to die by flying or getting sucked into wind turbines. Now some eagles are in danger even before the turbines are erected. According to documents obtained by the Osage Nation, Wind Capital Group, which wants to build a 94-turbine wind farm between Pawhuska and Ponca City, is seeking a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to kill “multiple eagles per year,” up to 120 of them during the life of the project
The Osage are establishing an eagle aviary to care for the injured birds that live through the ordeal and are urging people to comment against the proposed permit with the Fish and Wildlife Service. People are encouraged to e-mail their comments to Jerry Thompson, Chief of the USFWS Migratory Bird Permits Office, by phone at (505) 248-6406 or via e-mail to jerry_e_thompson@fws.gov.

“The significance of this permit application cannot be overstated,” Red Eagle said in the Osage statement. “If granted, this would be precedent setting. It should concern all tribes that the federal government is even considering authorizing the killing of eagles on tribal land without the consent of the Osage Nation.”
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:41 PM
Location: Not where you ever lived
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There was a time when the American Bald Eagle was a protected bird.

I don't understand the statement "sucked into wind turbines"? I live in a state filled with wind farms. They are strategically placed where the free flow of air is the only fuel.

A turbine is a machine fueled by a fast moving flow of liquid. It acts like an engine on a jet plane. It sucks air. The solution is not killing birds; it's a screen. For if Eagles are killed all year long (do you really believe any company will give accurate accout), so will be the others.

It is an excuse. The ducks, geese, heron, pelicans, robins, owls, hummingbirds, bats, falcons, pigeons, hawks, and the other flyers large and small will fall victim next. The only critters who win are board members and stock holders. The Osage Nation and our dwindling wildlife are the clear losers.

Enforce a screen. It will not impede air movement; it will protect their equipment. These are not fans that cool houses. It powers cities. And some day it might actually power rural America; don't hold your breath. Oklahoma will still be powered by Grand Lake and other like it.

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Old 06-15-2013, 04:20 PM
Location: Floyd County, IN
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This is of importance as it concerns a soverign nation with specific rights, the Osage. I'm not sure if the placement and siting of a new wind farm on privately owned lands would lead to this same opinion or not. Wind turbines are much more advanced now than they were five years ago and far more efficient. Site placement of wind farms should mitigate issues with birds if they are placed correctly. What would you rather have in OK? More coal, oil, and gas plants? OK can easily be much more energy efficient by implementing smaller scale renewable energy projects across the rural areas to include wind and solar while retiring the oldest generating stations.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:51 PM
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Nearly 500 species of migratory birds pass through Oklahoma twice a year along the Central Flyway. One of the favorite big bird digs is Grand Lake where the White Pelican and Blue Heron stop to dine on our shad. Golden Hawk, Scissortailed Flycatcher, Barn Owl, Woodpecker, Wild Turkey and Hummingbird are just a few of many species found at the lake for about 6 weeks in the fall before the birds continue on a migratory path to winter over in Mexico before they return on the migratory path to Canada for the summer.

The state bird is only found in seven states. 94 turbins placed over several miles is not exactly a small wind farm

I hope the Osage Nation has some powerful attorneys to speak for them. .
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:03 PM
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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Way to go Osage Nation! I'm with them. I heard this story reported on NPR.
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