Here's an interesting piece of irony. Dr. Scott Petrie was featured in a CBC article "Wind turbines threaten swans, says bird expert", where the article states:
Dr. Scott Petrie said building industrial wind farms in Grand Bend, Ont., will scare the birds from their annual migration stop.
He said the province isn't considering how the 250 turbines proposed for the area will affect wildlife.
He is quoted as saying the same thing in this article almost seven years ago when the Erie Shores project was in the planning stages:
E.T. (Ted) Whitworth, Councilor Ward 1 of Norfolk County in attendance at the function commented on recent objections put forth by biologist Dr. Scott Petrie from the Long Point Waterfowl and Wetland Research Fund and representatives from Bird Studies Canada to wind turbines in Norfolk. Dr. Petrie said at a recent Norfolk County Council meeting that, in his opinion, wind turbines in the Messiah’s Corners area would alter the path of tundra swans that use the area as a staging (feeding) area on their migratory route. Councilor Whitworth said, “I’ve lived here all my life and never seen a dead swan . . . the Bird Studies Canada building that’s a 3 story, 100’ long, glass walled giant would kill more birds than a wind turbine.”
Two years after construction, there have been no swan injuries at the Erie Shores project. In fact, a report by ornithologist Dr. James Ross, showed a thriving bird population.
Apparently, Dr. Petrie is an avid hunter (he even lists "hunter" on his resumé) and was featured in a segment of Canada in the Rough.
Thomas will be joined on today's hunt by Tim Brandt of Federal Premium Ammunition, with them will also be internationally acclaimed waterfowl biologist Scott Petrie. Scott heads up "Long Point Waterfowl Research", he and his group have significantly contributed to the health and future of waterfowl and waterfowling, not just in Long Point but throughout North America. Our Ontario duck hunting adventure begins with a wonderful public land hunt at Long Point with Thousands of ducks on the water and in the air, and winds up at the historic "Turkey Point Company" hunt club, as we take part in a traditional wetlands duck hunt with "Ducks Unlimited Canada" past president "Dr. Duncan Sinclair".
Renewable energy developers are required to perform an Environmental Impact Study prior to receiving an authorization to proceed. In contrast to Dr. Petrie's assertions about wind turbines and birds, the developer of the wind farm in Grand Bend, Northland Power, is undertaking a number of studies as part of its application:
Field studies are ongoing to confirm the presence, significance, sensitivity and abundance of wildlife and wildlife habitat, including:
o various bird surveys;
o bat habitat surveys;
o dens, tracks and scat surveys;
o amphibian call surveys;
o turtle and snake surveys;
o incidental observations; and,
o targeted species at risk surveys.
An Environmental Impact Study will be completed to identify potential impacts and recommend mitigation measures to minimize impacts.
If required, a permit or permits under the Ontario Endangered Species Act will be
Consultation will be undertaken with relevant First Nations and Métis communities
These studies, in turn, are subject to scrutiny by the public during a review period plus by the Ministry of the Environment.
Has anyone performed an environmental assessment of the slaughter of millions of birds by hunters such as Dr. Petrie? Or whether shooting at them as they are resting during their migration might "scare the birds from their annual migration stop" (to quote Dr. Petrie).