Not a Prayer


First Nations traditionalists believe the Eagle, because it flies so high, carries their prayers.

Sadly a pair of those majestic birds in Haldimand county are without a prayer and, since yesterday’s shocking “mitigation” by wind developers, without a nest.

For a stark image of the activity carried out under Subsection 7(3) of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act visit

The authorization was posted on the EBR on Friday and acted upon on Saturday, the official rationale being:

“By removing the nest before January 6th it is anticipated they will find another suitable nest location and will avoid disturbing them during their critical nesting period. Timing is critical as the eagles are not currently situated in the nest, however they have been seen perching in the near area. Removing the nest will reduce the risk of eagle mortality at the site. NextEra plans to provide artificial nests in the surrounding areas to ensure that the eagle pair can safely relocate.”

The posting states:

“This project has been awarded a Feed-in-Tariff contract by the Ontario Power Authority, received the Renewable Energy Approval from the Ministry of the Environment and an approved Natural Heritage Assessment (NHA) from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). No Significant Wildlife Habitat (SWH) was identified at this location during the preparation of the NHA.”

So instead of questioning how a pair of eagles managed to construct a 6ft diameter nest in an impossibly short space of time and how a proper NHA could have missed it, shuddering at what smaller items were over-looked, it is accepted that the eagles sneaked in and squatted on the Nextera project site. For that temerity the Mendacious Nest Robbers (MNR) are evicting them to save them.

Odd that they do not see this as the historic range and habitat of a species supposedly in recovery, a potential success story which now needs only to repopulate an area which Environment Canada identified as recently as 2007 as being strategically important; text of their findings, from the Wolfe Island bird study.

“Environment Canada compiled the results of recent winter bird surveys from 17 sites in southern Ontario, and concluded that just a few sites across southern Ontario provide the necessary conditions to support high numbers of wintering raptors (Environment Canada, letter, September 21, 2007). Two sites, Amherst Island (3.14 raptors/kilometer) and Fisherville (2.14 raptors/kilometer) had higher raptor densities than Wolfe Island (1.4 raptors/kilometer, with 1.92 raptors/kilometer west of Highway 95), which had similar densities to a site north of Glencoe. The remainder of the sites supported raptor densities that were an order of magnitude less than these four sites” (Environment Canada, letter, September 21, 2007).

Just how many trees, this old Cottonwood being only one of four in the county, may be hacked down as birds return to traditional hunting and nesting sites is anyone’s guess. With the prevalent attitude in the Renewable Energy Facilitation Office apparently being AS MANY AS IT TAKES we must again point out that GREEN is what the wind industry is NOT.

Those who have been stewards of the land and First Nations traditionalists are collateral damage here. How can it serve the “public good” to destroy so much for so little. As Bill Monture argued in his ERT testimony:

“The original people’s lives remain closely tied to the land and adverse impacts resonate with great discord as our minds, bodies and souls are woven so tightly into this fabric we are as one cloth.

Harming or cutting a hole out of the fabric we call Turtle Island is a direct injury upon our people.

This is a core value seeming to differ from those who travel in the boats, your laws seem to hold man separate from the land, air, water naming these last elements, the natural environment.

Harm from environmental damage affects the health and well-being from many man-made interferences of the natural order.”

Even those who have travelled in boats are resonating with great discord…and praying.

People of many cultures and creeds stand in support of the “Council Fires of the Women of Grand River Territory”. Their petition, which was presented to the developer and entered as evidence in the Haldimand ERT hearing Thursday March 21, 2012 by the Council Fires of the Women of Grand River Territory states:

“Gayaneshakgowa, the great law is the constitution of peace given by the peacemaker to bring peace and provide a foundation of governance to the five nations. In this way of life we have been honored and give thanks. It is our duty to keep our air, land and water safe. It is our way of life to protect our maize fruit, plants, medicines, trees, animals, who provide us with clothing, food and protection. The winds, thunders, sun, moon and stars are part of our creation. Our creator gives these things for our health and life. These things will be directly affected by the construction of the wind turbines. As accorded by the great law, women are the title holders of the land. They are the keepers of the land and the soil. The Council Fires of the Women of the Grand River Territory, have discussed the matters of the wind turbines and after weighing all the negative affects the wind turbines will have physically and environmentally on our lands, air and the future of our children, we have come to the decision, with the signatures of our people, that no, we do not want the wind turbines in or around our territory. No amount of money will ever justify the ill affects the wind turbines will have on our people and future children.”

Call to action:

Please take one moment and use this contact form to send the MNR a message. Bald Eagle’s Nest should not be destroyed to make way for Industrial Turbines.

About lsarc

LSarc is grassroots protection of Lake Superior through citizen science and volunteerism.  If you are interested in preserving intact ecosystems and restoring biological integrity of the Lake Superior watershed using the scientific method to test hypotheses and research, then you are LSarc LSarc is proud to be a member of the John Muir Trust and the 60th member organization of Wind Concerns Ontario
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