When mortality reporting is voluntary and wind farm employees are allowed to handle carcasses, it does not mean that condor mortality has not taken place at wind farms. Keep in mind that over the years, dozens of condors have been reported to have disappeared and the cause of death to many others listed as unknown.
Here is some advice I gave last night to a group pushing to get some changes to the codes and rules pertaining to wind projects.
Any language that requires absolute accountability will kill turbine projects. It can be with the methodology of mortality/survey studies, with electricity flowing into projects that must be accounted for so excess tax credits are not paid, with mortality thresholds for special status species requiring shutdowns, and even with stiff fines for developers for every special status species killed.
One thing I would love to see written up is a law making it a felony for any wind farm employee, lease holder, or farmer to hide, pick up and in any way conceal the mortality of any special status species found.Dozens of condors have have disappeared. The cause of death to many others is listed as unknown. Click To Tweet It should be a felony for any wind farm employee to conceal the mortality of any special status species found. Click To Tweet
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