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    Their birds possibly distressed by wind farm turbines, two emu ranchers call it a day

    Emu farmers blame birds' deaths on wind farms. (cbc.ca)
    Two emu farmers in southwestern Nova Scotia say they cant keep raising their birds because nearby wind farms are killing their flock.

    Debi Van Tassel, of Ocean Breeze Emu Farm in Digby, said she and her husband Davey are spending this week selling and harvesting the last of their emus, often farmed for their oil and meat.

    "When we watched the birds in here die, when we started with 27 and ended up with seven, when we had to watch them die every day, I said to Davey, 'We can't do it anymore,'" said Van Tassel.

    "We know we are doing the best because we know they're going to go somewhere they're not going to be abused by turbines."
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    more at the link, with pictures of distressed emu owners and possibly distressed emu

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Emu farmers blame birds' deaths on wind farms. (cbc.ca)
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    more at the link, with pictures of distressed emu owners and possibly distressed emu
    They were harvesting the emus but they're glad they're going somewhere safe. BAH!

    I wonder if it could be the noise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    They were harvesting the emus but they're glad they're going somewhere safe. BAH!

    I wonder if it could be the noise?
    Yes, noted; almost called them "emu harvesters" in thread title (but "ranchers" sounded funnier). Also wondering about noise - perhaps I guess it might distress a large bird.

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    Angry

    I'm really upset! Emus are eaten? I swear I thought they were used for their feathers or something else benign.

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    Wind turbines kill hundreds of thousands of birds a year:

    "After the sad death of the White-throated Needletail on Harris, Outer Hebrides, on 26 June when it hit the shaft of a wind turbine on the island, some birders were vocal in their disapproval of the prominent energy generators, proclaiming them to be killers of bird in large numbers. While some of these claims were somewhat exaggerated, it turns out that they may inded be more dangerous than thought previously.
    A new study just published in the United States has estimated that around 573,000 birds were killed by wind turbines in 2012 (including 83,000 birds of prey), in increase of 30 per cent on a previous estimate by the US fish and Wildlife Service in 2009. Bats are even worse hit, says author K Shawn Smallwood, and probably top 888,000 killed per year."

    https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2013...-than-thought/

    "For years, a huge wind farm in California's San Joaquin Valley was slaughtering thousands of birds, including golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and burrowing owls.
    The raptors would get sliced up by the blades on the 5,400 turbines in Altamont Pass, or electrocuted by the wind farm's power lines. Scientists, wildlife agencies and turbine experts came together in an attempt to solve the problem. The result?

    Protective measures put in place in an effort to reduce deaths by 50% failed. Deaths in fact soared for three of four bird species studied, said the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area Bird Fatality Study.

    The slaughter at Altamont Pass is being raised by avian scientists who say the drive among environmentalists to rapidly boost U.S. wind-farm power 20 times could lead to massive bird losses and even extinctions."

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/...nd-farms_N.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    They were harvesting the emus but they're glad they're going somewhere safe. BAH!

    I wonder if it could be the noise?
    Steely, down in the Basement you claim to be giving away an Emu farm in Australia.

    Looks like the going-out-of-business-Emu-ranch is in Nova Scotia!!!

    Cool, we can drive there with a couple ferry passages!

    Laughing

    (BTW, genuinely sorry the turbines seem to bother the emu. Yep, a change to any system changes that system, duh. Wind turbines are generally a good option, North Americans using less electricity is a better one!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reality Orlando View Post
    Wind turbines kill hundreds of thousands of birds a year:

    "After the sad death of the White-throated Needletail on Harris, Outer Hebrides, on 26 June when it hit the shaft of a wind turbine on the island, some birders were vocal in their disapproval of the prominent energy generators, proclaiming them to be killers of bird in large numbers. While some of these claims were somewhat exaggerated, it turns out that they may inded be more dangerous than thought previously.
    A new study just published in the United States has estimated that around 573,000 birds were killed by wind turbines in 2012 (including 83,000 birds of prey), in increase of 30 per cent on a previous estimate by the US fish and Wildlife Service in 2009. Bats are even worse hit, says author K Shawn Smallwood, and probably top 888,000 killed per year."

    https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2013...-than-thought/

    "For years, a huge wind farm in California's San Joaquin Valley was slaughtering thousands of birds, including golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and burrowing owls.
    The raptors would get sliced up by the blades on the 5,400 turbines in Altamont Pass, or electrocuted by the wind farm's power lines. Scientists, wildlife agencies and turbine experts came together in an attempt to solve the problem. The result?

    Protective measures put in place in an effort to reduce deaths by 50% failed. Deaths in fact soared for three of four bird species studied, said the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area Bird Fatality Study.

    The slaughter at Altamont Pass is being raised by avian scientists who say the drive among environmentalists to rapidly boost U.S. wind-farm power 20 times could lead to massive bird losses and even extinctions."

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/...nd-farms_N.htm
    This is horrible. So much we just don't know about. Me anyway. I am all for alternative energy but not at the cost of these birds! Birds are my favorite beings on earth and they are so important to the survival of us all.

    I've always wondered why there isn't lots more solar power. The sun is just sitting up there for free. I know there are costs involved but isn't it better than the other alternatives? I probably don't know some bad stuff about this too. Shoot.

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    The bird deaths mentioned above are, I believe, due to birds flying INTO the turbine blades.. not something I would expect an emu to do...

    I think the deaths are probably a lot more to do with this:

    The average annual temperatures in Nova Scotia are:

    Spring from 1 C (34 F) to 17 C (63 F)
    Summer from 14 C (57 F) to 28 C (82 F)[18]
    Autumn about 5 C (41 F) to 20 C (68 F)
    Winter about −9 C (16 F) to 0 C (32 F)


    Compared to average temps in the country areas of my state here in Aus (Victoria, so we're way down south and a heap cooler than emu territory up north...):

    January 32.8 C (91.0 F)
    February 32.7 C (90.9 F)
    March 29.3 C (84.7 F)
    April 24.1 C (75.4 F)
    May 19.6 C (67.3 F)
    June 16.0 C (60.8 F)
    July 15.4 C (59.7 F)
    August 17.7 C (63.9 F)
    September 21.1 C (70.0 F)
    October 25.0 C (77.0 F)
    November 29.0 C (84.2 F)
    December 31.7 C (89.1 F)


    I reckon them emus just needed a woolly jumper. Oi.

    I think trying to raise birds which evolved in a very hot, dry country in a much colder climate is probably not a good idea. Like trying to keep tropical fish (like bettas!!!) in cold water. They just won't do well, particularly with very cold weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by montana_16 View Post
    I'm really upset! Emus are eaten? I swear I thought they were used for their feathers or something else benign.
    I know! Some people here (Softail and STEADFAST being the worst offenders) joke about making emu burgers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ausgirl View Post
    The bird deaths mentioned above are, I believe, due to birds flying INTO the turbine blades.. not something I would expect an emu to do...

    I think the deaths are probably a lot more to do with this:

    The average annual temperatures in Nova Scotia are:

    Spring from 1 C (34 F) to 17 C (63 F)
    Summer from 14 C (57 F) to 28 C (82 F)[18]
    Autumn about 5 C (41 F) to 20 C (68 F)
    Winter about −9 C (16 F) to 0 C (32 F)


    Compared to average temps in the country areas of my state here in Aus (Victoria, so we're way down south and a heap cooler than emu territory up north...):

    January 32.8 C (91.0 F)
    February 32.7 C (90.9 F)
    March 29.3 C (84.7 F)
    April 24.1 C (75.4 F)
    May 19.6 C (67.3 F)
    June 16.0 C (60.8 F)
    July 15.4 C (59.7 F)
    August 17.7 C (63.9 F)
    September 21.1 C (70.0 F)
    October 25.0 C (77.0 F)
    November 29.0 C (84.2 F)
    December 31.7 C (89.1 F)


    I reckon them emus just needed a woolly jumper. Oi.

    I think trying to raise birds which evolved in a very hot, dry country in a much colder climate is probably not a good idea. Like trying to keep tropical fish (like bettas!!!) in cold water. They just won't do well, particularly with very cold weather.
    It gets pretty dang cold in Australia in the winter.

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    Yes, it can get pretty cold, Dan - but unless you're in the highlands it rarely gets down to freezing temps.

    I was just thinking, if the birds were a bit too chilly all year round, and exposed to foggy damp and bouts of high winds too, they might get a bit run down and prone to illnesses.

    Poor emus.
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