Last month we wrote about a large wind project adjoining western Delaware County in the Broome County towns of Sanford and Windsor. The Bluestone Wind farm would be in the route of migrating raptors, including Golden Eagles, and near a major concentration area for Bald Eagles.
DOAS is formally involved in review of the project as a registered party with the NY State Public Service Commission, which will make determinations and provide approvals. We have applied for available intervenor funding to obtain GPS migration data for Golden Eagles, and possibly establish raptor survey sites this fall and next spring. However, there are indications that DOAS may not be eligible for these funds, as we do not have a large number of members in the project area. This would mean there would be no independent study of raptors, and decisionmakers would depend on the wind company’s surveys, which we know are inadequate to provide a full picture of the presence of eagles.
As a result, we are reaching out to members and concerned individuals for help with the needed funds— amounting to several thousand
dollars. Our supporters have stepped up for Golden Eagles before, raising money for transmitters for eagles that have provided valuable
information on their movements in our region and beyond.
We ask again for your support for this local project that could avoid a serious threat for these birds. If we are successful in obtaining intervenor funding, donations will be used for other programs benefiting eagles, including our efforts to reduce the impacts of toxic lead
ammunition on these birds.
What you can do—Send your donations to DOAS, PO Box 544, Oneonta, NY 13820, marked for Golden Eagles or use the link below:
Use the button below to donate specifically and directly to the DOAS Golden Eagle Project.
We have a special interest and concern for these iconic birds that pass the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch in good numbers in fall. More information on the project, including DOAS comments on the raptor surveys, is available here: DOAS Scoping Comments on Bluestone Wind Project