Save the Eagles International is a platform regrouping bird lovers, ornithologists and associations from 14 countries, who think that we cannot count on mainstream ornithologists and bird societies to save bird life from the windfarm threat. These derive much of their income from the wind business, and that creates a powerful conflict of interest that clouds their vision and corrupts their conscience.
Our bird life has thus become defenseless in front of wind “farms” and their power lines, which kill many millions of birds and bats a year, worldwide – see: a bombshell from Spain
These victims are not comparable to those killed by cats and windows, for wind farms are often built in habitats that are important to the survival of protected bird species, such as eagles, cranes, swans, etc.
There was therefore a need for a new organization. One that would defend the birds and bats instead of defending the interests of windfarm promoters, as do most ecologists, ornithologists and NGOs. Save the Eagles International, founded March 28th 2011, is an organization TRULY devoted to saving wildlife.
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President: Mark Duchamp, conservationist*.
* See his background below.
Vice-President, USA: Jim Wiegand, raptor expert, California.
Vice-President, Canada: Sherri Lange, president NA-PAW.
Vice-President, Spain: Juan Avalos Schlegel, raptor expert, Extremadura.
Vice-President, Slovenia: Tomaz Ogrin, conservationist.
Vice-President, Pennsylvania: Donald Heintzelman, senior ornithologist and author.
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ABOUT STEI´s PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
Mark Duchamp is a retired businessman with a passion for biodiversity. He may be described as a conservationist, whose 12 years of research on birds and bats killed by wind turbines, and other collateral damages caused by these machines, are not to be dismissed lightly. Neither are his accomplishments, as follows:
In October 2009 the French ornithological society LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux) invited Duchamp as a guest speaker, expenses paid, to an international symposium on the Red Kite (a European bird of prey facing extinction in the EU, in part due to wind farms). They published his contribution here, in English and French:
Clive Hambler (Lecturer in Biological and Human Sciences, Hertford College, University of Oxford) wrote a remarkable commendation of Mark Duchamp: www.iberica2000.org/documents/
Together, they published a joint article: http://wcfn.org/2013/07/01/
The Oxford biologist quoted Duchamp in an article in The Spectator: “my colleague Mark Duchamp…” http://www.spectator.co.uk/
He also refers to Duchamp in his book, Conservation (Cambridge University Press)
The Washington Times published on Jan 30th 2009 an Op-Ed signed jointly by Mark Duchamp and famous Professor David Bellamy: http://www.washingtontimes.
Duchamp co-founded, in October 2008, the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW), a federation which now regroups over 650 associations from 24 countries. He acted as its Executive Director during five and a half years, informally at first, then formally.
He founded Save the Eagles International in March 2011, after a decade spent doing research and writing over 100 articles in three languages, published mostly on Iberica 2000: www.iberica2000.org/Es/Articulo.asp?Id=1228
Save the Eagles International, Iberica 2000 and other groups founded the World Council for Nature (WCFN) in September 2011, to fill the void left by conservation NGOs when they chose to support the environmentally-damaging wind industry.
Duchamp’s research, and that of STEI’s Vice President USA, raptor expert Jim Wiegand, show that bird and bat mortality at wind farms is generally under-estimated by a factor of 10 to 100 (one to two orders of magnitude). In 2012, they were proven to be correct by the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO-Birdlife). Having obtained 136 windfarm monitoring reports from their government under freedom of information legislation, SEO-Birdlife published a report in which they estimate that Spain’s 18,000 wind turbines are actually killing 6 – 18 million birds and bats a year.
The politically-correct, pro-windfarm media disregard the work of both Duchamp and Wiegand, as well as the estimate of SEO-Birdlife and earlier ones from Germany and Sweden. But more enlightened editors don’t, as shown by the following:
Mark Duchamp´s first significant paper (2003) was peer reviewed in 2004: www.iberica2000.org/documents/eolica/Peer_review_1223_Everaert.pdf
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Members of honor: Anita Levesque and Dominic Mette, for their invaluable help with this webpage. STEI is endebted to you both.