Wind Farms and Eagles

I wanted you to be aware of my opinion piece that was published in Politico on Monday that the editors entitled “Don’t Throw Bald Eagles Under the Bus,” as well as Tuesday’s New York Times story, “A Struggle to Balance Wind Energy with Wildlife.” It’s a fair and thoughtful look at the Department of the Interior’s failure to accept a deal that would have protected eagles while supporting renewable energy deployment.

Our focus is squarely on the regulators–not on the wind companies or other conservation partners. Here are the key points as you continue to field questions from constituents and allies:

  • Audubon supports strong federal protection for the Bald Eagle, America’s national symbol, and the majestic Golden Eagle under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
  • Audubon strongly supports properly sited wind power as a renewable energy source that helps reduce the threat posed to birds and people by climate change:
  • We took a pragmatic, results-oriented approach to reach an agreement with the wind industry that would have protected eagles and supported renewable energy deployment. We did the hard work of finding a real solution.
  • But DOI issued a bad rule that won’t prevent the killing of eagles even while it creates potential roadblocks for renewables deployment. We don’t think that’s acceptable, and we’re putting all options on the table to oppose the rule:

I know you are all active on the local level advocating for meaningful changes to wind development projects to minimize impacts to birds and habitat. And now it is time to take it to the federal level. We are asking our members, supporters and advocates to send a message to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell online through Audubon’s Action Center or by mail to Secretary Sally Jewell, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington DC 20240.

Thanks for all you do–for birds and for the world we share.


David Yarnold
President & CEO
National Audubon Society