Bird Preservation Time

Electrical generating wind turbine - Pixabay
@Ceerios (4756)
Goodfellow, Texas
March 26, 2017 11:35am CST
Bird Preservation Time - Let us get this out of the way first thing - I am not an "Eco Nut." The fact is, I like the idea and the practice of taking care of natural things - trees, bushes, flowers, hills, valleys, rivers, lakes, crittters and birdies, to name just several of the things I prefer that people take care of and preserve. But I don't want to go overboard with my preferences for natural stuff versus big city mess - pollution, smog, poison fumes, acid rain, lead in the drinking water, and things like those. There are some things about the rampant and unthinking application of "eco nonsense" that catch my eyes and my thoughts, however, I then ask, is this perhaps carrying things too far? Do we really need to do "this?" Way back in time (I am now 85 years old) my father showed to me a certificate of corporate stock - shares in a company that had its origin back in the time just prior to the "Great Depression" here in the United States of America. That was a time long before the "eco nuts" of the world really began to cut loose upon us. The name of the company was "Stoddard Wave Power Corporation." On its stock certificate was a picture of what looked to be some mattresses afloat alongside of a pier by the ocean, tethered to the pier by ropes or chains that looped up and over atop poles. The ropes (or chains) continued down to electrical turbines such that every time a mattress was raised and lowered by the ocean waves, the turbine generated electricity. There were no dead fish or dead seagull birds in the water, either. Pretty slick system, right? As I think of that "wave power" generation idea today, I can see that it could maybe be a darling of an idea for the "eco nuts" of our modern world to grab up and, with it, to run around and yell and smile and really push it as a potential winner of an "eco" idea. But I don't hear any shouting about "wave power," do I? No, I do not hear yelling and cheering about it. Instead I hear anti-eco-nut, James Delingpole's remarks about the rampant "bird slicing" that goes on within those forests of "eco-friendly" wind turbines. (Or perhaps various commentary over the bird roasting going on in the huge solar electric generation facilities that have sprung up in efforts to save nature by concentrating sun rays on tall target gadgetry and on the thousands of birds unlucky enough to fly into those scorching hot concentrated sunbeams.) Progress. Nature may tell you that there is nothing quite like eco-friendly progress - but, kindly knock off the nonsense part of that, OK? Image - Electrical generating wind turbine - Pixabay
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@JudyEv (121214)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Mar 17
Well written. I hadn't heard of bird slicing or bird roasting before. Are they 'real'?
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@Ceerios (4756)
• Goodfellow, Texas
27 Mar 17
@JudyEv - Ms Judy - Unfortunately, the birds evidently do not see the whirling blades of those wind turbines and many are killed as they fly into the pathways of the blades. I am not sure if there is something about the whirling or its noise that attracts some of the birds, but it does so in rather great numbers from the reports that I have read. -Gus-
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@JudyEv (121214)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Mar 17
@Ceerios That's all news to me. That's very sad. I suppose it happens here with our turbines too.
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@Ceerios (4756)
• Goodfellow, Texas
28 Mar 17
@JudyEv - Ms Judy - Everywhere in the world, folks say and spell thing differently, but all is much the same north, south, east and west. Those turbines may not move about, but they seem to go after birds, big time. -Gus-
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@UncleJoe (9745)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
27 Mar 17
I have read about how much these windmills have played havoc with the bird population.
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@Ceerios (4756)
• Goodfellow, Texas
27 Mar 17
@UncleJoe - Howdy Uncle Joe - Unfortunately, birds do not read the same stuff as do you and I or they might understand to keep away from those bird-grinder machines. -Gus-
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@UncleJoe (9745)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
27 Mar 17
@Ceerios The whole ecosystem is out of kilter. The bee population has dwindled due to being poisoned by what farmers put on their crops. Birds have been victims long before the windmills. Each variety of wildlife plays an important role to keep nature in balance. Greed seems to be dooming the whole planet.
@responsiveme (14654)
• India
27 Mar 17
This is another side of the eco-friendly ideas. Didn't know that birds could get sliced by those turbines.
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@Ceerios (4756)
• Goodfellow, Texas
27 Mar 17
@responsiveme - Friend ARM - It is the side of the eco-friendly story that the birdies like the very least. -Gus-
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@jaboUK (53542)
• United Kingdom
27 Mar 17
There always seems to be a price to pay, doesn't there?
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@Ceerios (4756)
• Goodfellow, Texas
27 Mar 17
@jaboUK - Ms Janet - You are so very correct. A costly price for many birds. -Gus-
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• Newport, Rhode Island
26 Mar 17
Amen!
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@Ceerios (4756)
• Goodfellow, Texas
26 Mar 17
@VirginiaLee - A Ladies, too. -Gus-