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Bird conservation groups announce intention to sue over wind turbine

Photo by Jasmine Cupp

The Ohio National Guard facility at Camp Perry, near Port Clinton, is the focus of possible legal action by American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leading national bird conservation organization, and Ohio’s Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), which today announced the intention to sue the Ohio National Guard in connection with violations of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other federal laws concerning the planned installation of a wind turbine on the shores of Lake Erie.

The two groups announced their intention to sue via a letter sent by the Washington, D.C.-based public interest law firm of Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal (MGC), stating that the environmental review process was unlawfully circumvented, and that the development is taking place in violation of the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Birds and wind turbines at a crossroads

Kim Kaufman and Mark Shieldcastle of Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Two environmental issues are at a crossroads here on the shores of Lake Erie. Two of our most prominent natural resources seem to be on a collision course. 

Birds and birders flock to the shores of Lake Erie. There is more of a concentration of bald eagle nests here than anywhere in the United States except Alaska. The Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways converge near here. Each spring this area is the home of the largest birding event in the country, The Biggest Week in American Birding, which last year helped attract more than 70,000 birders from all over the world. Economic impact studies conducted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) and Bowling Green State University show that visiting birders spend more than 30 million dollars in the local area each spring. The internationally renowned Kaufman Birding Guides and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) have made Ottawa County their home.

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Black Swamp Bird Observatory holds holiday open house

Black Swamp Bird Observatory, 13551 W. State Ohio Rte. 2, Oak Harbor, will be holding a holiday open house on Dec. 8 from 12-4 p.m. 

At the 5th annual Holiday Open House, there will be free refreshments, a binocular raffle, and local vendors with unique hand-made crafts. There will be kid craft activities and nature-themed holiday gift items. Some of the favorite BSBO authors will be available from 1-3 p.m. to autograph their books.

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