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Bald eagles may be killed by wind turbines.

Osage Nation Objects to Wind-Turbine Company’s Potentially Precedent-Setting Request to Kill Bald Eagles

ICTMN Staff
6/14/13

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 eagle is a sacred and symbolic figure to the Osage people, and the area targeted for this project contains a high bald eagle population,” said Osage Nation Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle in a statement. “While the Osage Nation does not oppose wind energy or alternative energy, we do oppose the specific area for this project. It all comes down to siting projects in appropriate places, and this is not an appropriate place for a massive wind energy 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 send 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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WHAT?!!!

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WHAT?!!!

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It's a true signs of the times, when a Native American(s) is prosecuted by the same entity, or tenacle of it, who issues permits, but for self reasons. This need to make money over everything else has permeated our world and continues to loosen and rip the fabric of our society. In the end, the corporation will get what they want, via political pawns and money, and the tenacle will say, "oh, well but the they dead birds in the indian repsitory......."

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Are they asking for permission to kill these eagles on purpose? Or is this just an estimate of how many might be killed accidentally? If an estimate, whose estimate is it? The wind farm's, or is this an upper limit they were required to get permitted as a worst-case scenario? I love wildlife but I support wind power also. Let's work together to solve these concerns rather than let the powers that be (oil and coal) divide us.

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All birds and other animals deserve to be protected, and if these types of turbines are harmful to any of Earth's inhabitants, than other turbines or other forms of green energies should be considered.

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Mr. Jerry Thompson, Chief of the USFWS Migratory Bird Permits Office, In regards to the possible letting of permits to kill Bald Eagles. I my family and many friends and the people of the Osage-nation-objects-to the said wind-turbine-company's-potentially-precedent-setting-request-killing Bald Eagles. Sir that is the most un American thing I have ever heard of. I hope you will seriously think about letting these permits. It would be better for your company to select a different place to put up your wind turbines. For God's Sake man the Bald Eagle is the National bird. I am sure the Osage people will be more than glad to show where there is a suitable place other than where you are presently looking at. So please re consider your permitting and the location of your wind turbine farm. Thank you for your understanding about this matter. (((Just a little history for you to look at Before you decide.))) Remember you are after all an AMERICAN and there should be some things that money just should not be able to buy. Along with an official flower and motto, every state has its own official bird. But flying high above them all is the bald eagle, representing the United States of America. Images of the iconic bird can be found just about everywhere, from coins and paper currency to passports and the president's official seal. But why this bird? The idea for using the bald eagle to symbolize America was proposed in 1782, when a drawing of the eagle was presented to the newly-formed Congress, according the U.S. National Archives. It was immediately accepted, and soon an olive branch and arrows (representing peace and war, respectively) were included in the eagle's talons. The bald eagle was officially adopted as the emblem of the United States five years later, in 1787. The bald eagle was chosen because of its association with authority and statehood in fact, the eagle had been used as a symbol of governmental power since Roman times. President John F. Kennedy added to the list of noble descriptors when he wrote to Charles Callison of the National Audubon Society on July 18, 1961: "The founding fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the nation . The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird aptly symbolizes the strength and freedom of America." Given some of the other possible options (crows, hummingbirds, chickens, etc.) the bald eagle seems an obvious choice in retrospect. MS Franklin did want the turkey but... At the Second Continental Congress, after the thirteen colonies voted to declare independence from Great Britain, the colonies determined they needed an official seal. So Dr. Franklin, Mr. J. Adams, and Mr. Jefferson as a committee prepared a device for a Seal of the United States of America. However, the only portion of the design accepted by the congress was the statement E pluribus Unum, attributed to Thomas Jefferson. Six years and two committees later, in May of 1782, the brother of a Philadelphia naturalist provided a drawing showing an eagle displayed as the symbol of "supreme power and authority."Congress liked the drawing, so before the end of 1782, an eagle holding a bundle of arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other was accepted as the seal.The image was completed with a shield of red and white stripes covering the breast of the bird; a crest above the eagle's head, with a cluster of thirteen stars surrounded by bright rays going out to a ring of clouds; and a banner, held by the eagle in its bill, bearing the words E pluribus Unum. Yet it was not until 1787 that the American bald eagle was officially adopted as the emblem of the United States. This happened only after many states had already used the eagle in their coat of arms, as New York State did in 1778. Though the official seal has undergone some modifications in the last two hundred years, the basic design is the same. So it was a group consensus that brought it about. THANK YOU FOR READING THIS AND CHANGING YOUR MIND. GOD BLESS AMERICA and it’s BEAUTIFUL BALD EAGLES.

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This is a total outrage! Those fracking fans aren't going to do any good. Global warming is way,way past the tipping point! Kill the damn fan project and let the eagles live in peace. We only have 1-3 years before we are all screwed!

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I agree with the objection in that it is Tribal land and that the Tribe should get to disallow the project.

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Wind turbines slaughter every species that can fly and because of this we are on a path of species extinction. This is exactly why I am exposing the USFWS for what they are, 100% corrupt. To the best of my knowledge they went bad in the 1980''s when the turbine slaughter to eagles started and over half of the remaining condors disappeared soon after thousands of turbines went up in the Tehachapi region. This same pattern has happened to the whooping cranes. Once the public realizes these guys in Washington (Interior Department) are just sellout corporate shills, then we can get something done to stop the extinction of species from wind turbines. A good start would be for the FWS to admit how terrible these turbines are and to insist on the use of bird safe wind turbines like the FloDesign wind turbine.

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Submitted by Jim Wiegand on
Wind turbines slaughter every species that can fly and because of this we are on a path of species extinction. This is exactly why I am exposing the USFWS for what they are, 100% corrupt. To the best of my knowledge they went bad in the 1980''s when the turbine slaughter to eagles started and over half of the remaining condors disappeared soon after thousands of turbines went up in the Tehachapi region. This same pattern has happened to the whooping cranes. Once the public realizes these guys in Washington (Interior Department) are just sellout corporate shills, then we can get something done to stop the extinction of species from wind turbines. A good start would be for the FWS to admit how terrible these turbines are and to insist on the use of bird safe wind turbines like the FloDesign wind turbine.

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Lets make this very clear, the wind industry is killing eagles, thousands of them. This is why every AMERICAN not just Native Americans should decry the hidden ongoing wind turbine slaughter. It is long overdue for some accountability. Accountability for any wind industry or FWS representative that attempts to defraud communities with bogus information. It happens with virtually every wind project. Let’s look at how the FWS “incidental take permit” really works. If a “take permit” (poaching permit) is given for a wind project to kill one bald eagle then 50 could die because there is no wind industry oversight and they won’t hear about the other 49. Just like they haven’t told the world about all the eagles that have been slaughtered in Texas by turbines. But even if by some great stretch of one’s imagination these folks were to be honest, if one dead eagle is found then many others will have died because they never come close to finding them all. At Altamont mortality studies found 10.8 dead eagles a year but the death toll estimates were 75-116 eagles every year. So if any FWS or wind industry employees/reports do not disclose that many more eagles will die than what the permit is for, they should be cuffed because they will be lying to you and it is clearly attempted fraud. If population estimates are given do not believe them because I have not seen an accurate one yet. If any industry or FWS representative claims these turbines “may kill” or “possibly could” slap the hand cuffs on these scumbags because once again they are engaging in total deception. They know these turbines kill every flying species that uses the same habitat. They know this from decades of picking up bodies under wind turbines. Remember what I have said because the one condor kill permit the FWS is going to hand outin California will actually mean many more will be killed. People need to stop paying so much attention to what is happening in other countries like Syria, Turkey, and Lybia and start paying attention to what is happening here at home. Pay attention to what your hundreds of billions in tax dollars have been supporting……. Rigged studies to hide a horrendous avian mortality problem, rigged studies to hide cumulative impact to species, rigged studies to hide declining property values, rigged studies to hide the infra-sound problems, embellished energy projections, influential people paid off, rigged renewable portfolio standards, laws changed to help perpetuate their fraud, and millions suckered in with false hope. All of this for what will always be just a small supplement to the grid.

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Communities need to wake up because these FWS "take permits" are really a license to kill, being given to an industry with ZERO accountability. Wind energy isn’t about solving an environmental problem, a Middle East problem or an economic problem. It’s about fleecing taxpayers out of hundreds of billions of dollars and doing whatever it takes to pull this off. Like rigging studies to hide a horrendous avian mortality problem, rigging studies to hide cumulative impact to species, rigging studies to hide declining property values, rigging studies to hide the infra-sound problems, embellishing energy projections, paying off influential people, rigging renewable portfolio standards, changing laws to perpetuate their fraud, and suckering millions with propaganda filled with false hope. Unfortunately all this bad behavior has put us on a rapid path of species extinction. I can not just sit back and watch our wildlife agencies, our leaders, and conservation groups lie about this fact while rare species are getting slaughtered off by turbines. This is why I do what I do and this is exactly why I am exposing the USFWS, the Interior Department or anyone else for their part in this corrupt process. To the best of my knowledge the FWS went bad in the 1980's when the turbine slaughter to eagles started and over half of the remaining condors disappeared after the turbines went up in the Tehachapi region. This same pattern has also been repeated with the endangered whooping cranes. If the Osage Nation needs my help, feel free to contact me my services are free. One possible course of action to consider would be a public debate with any Interior Department official, FWS Supervisors, or representatives from any of the so called conservation groups. I would be happy to discuss any of this with them so the world could see how incompetent these people really are.

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There are "merry-go-round" type wind turbines that do not harm any wildlife as they work on torque, not speed, built and tested in Montana. The prop type are expensive to build, expensive to maintain and the payback is long term if ever. The damage to the eagle population will not be the only environmental issue.
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