Now ECM has learned that the environmental documents filed by Iberdrola Renewables for its Tule Wind project in McCain Valley would allow SDG&E to “remove all existing raptor nests” prior to construction.
The removal of the bald eagle nest at Haldimand in the Canadian province of Ontario on January 5 was documented on video by the Ontario Wind Resistance group. The removal was done by contractors working for Nextera Energy, leading opponents to dub the company “NextTerror.” The Canadian government authorized the removal despite the fact that the bald eagle is a species of concern in Ontario, because it was within 20 meters of a proposed turbine blade sweep.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently passed new regulations to allow the wind industry to obtain permits for nest removal: Permits may be obtained where removal of a bald or golden eagle nest is “necessary to alleviate a safety emergency to people or eagles.”
The Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for Tule Wind states, “Prior to construction, SDG&E will remove all existing raptor nests from existing structures that will be affected by Project construction.”
The same fate may soon befall nests for eagles and other birds of prey (such as hawks and eagles) in McCain Valley, site of Iberdrola Renewable’s Tule Wind project that the Bureau of Land Management and County of San Diego have approved in East County.
Wildlife protection groups and residents have reacted in horror to the removal of an active bald eagle nest by a wind developer in Canada, an event documented January 5, just weeks after a photo of the active pair was taken at the site.
When I looked up into the huge tangle of branches, I think I saw a few other similar nests. Unlike the robins nest, sturdy and built with mud, paper, twigs and other objects in the crook of the climbing hydrangea, the mourning doves nest is typically not as strong and built of twigs. From the get-go, I was worried about the nests stability (would it stand up under the weight of growing birds and the parents? What would happen in a strong wind or a downpour?)
As suspected, the weight of the birds combined with recent wind and rain made for an unsteady nest. I looked at the “usual” spot and saw an upturned nest and, in horror, looked at the ground. At first? I didn’t see any birds – dead or alive. So I looked more closely in the branches and saw the following: