Eastern Lake Ontario Environmental Research Group 2000 (cont'd from eloerg.tripod.com/waupoos)

Amherst Island: the next fine mess, Feb 2016
Slide to Extinction, Chris Humphrey, letter to Globe, October 31, 2018
Peter Galbraith, FRCP, obituary, October 2017
White Pines on Death Bed, Bruce Bell, Intelligencer, July 17,2018
Thucydides Trap, letter to Globe, May 2018
Great Lakes toxics down, SUNY Oswego/Clarkson U, April 2018
Machine subversion of democracy, letter to Globe, April 2018
Air Pollution overrides Ancestral Genes, Globe, March 2018
Olympian Cathal Kelly, letter to Globe, March 2018
Environmentalists seeking unemployment, letter to Globe, February 2018
Less is more on Bike Lanes, National Post, January 2018
Tramadol, 10 years on, Globe and Mail, November 2017
White Stripes: Belleville bicycle lanes, letters, November 2017
Occupational Cancers, CCO research results, Globe and Mail, October 2017
Big Pharmoney and Canadian Drug Use Guidelines, Globe and Mail, June 21, 2017, Kelly Grant
Oxycontin, 20 years on, letter to Globe, May 2017
Lake Ontario wind turbines to remain on hold? Feb 2017
Obituary, Raold Serebrin, September 2016
Sartorial slip or signal? letter to Globe editor, October 2016
Weapons of mass distraction, letter to Globe editor, Oct 2016
Point O turbines 99% Down the Drain, CCSAGE, July 7, 2016
Point O turbines Dead and Damned, PECFN, July 6, 2016
Rabid diplomat, letter to Globe, May, 2016
More on bats: rabid rocker? letter to Globe, January 2016
Lighthouses of eastern Lake Ontario, new book by Marc Seguin, March 2016
Continuing corporate windpower malfeasance: Windstream and Trillium Corp, Feb 2016
Amherst Island: the next fine mess, Feb 2016
Valerie Langer: Thirty years of effort pays off on the B.C. coast, Feb 1,2016
Trillium log, 6th annual ELO expedtion, September 2015
Trillium Wind Corp intent on Spoliation of eastern Lake Ontario and Main Duck Isle, June 2015
Turtles rule? Ontario Court of Appeal Decision: Turtlegate, April 2015
Obituaries, Mary Terrance (Luke) Hill, January 2015; Valerie Ingrid (Hill) Kaldes, July 2015
Ontario Court of Appeal turtle hearing, December 2014
Trillium Log, 5th annual ELO expedition, September 2014
Planetary public health manifesto, The Lancet, March 2014
Ostrander Bioblitz, butterfly inventory walk, August 10, 2014
Victory at Cape Vincent: British Petroleum withdraws turbine proposal, February 2014
Stay of execution granted by Ontario Court of Appeal, March 2014
Never say die: Will the Court of Appeal let the Ostrander Phoenix fly free again? March 2014
Divisional Court ruling in Ostrander: turtles belly up, Trojan horses win, February 2014
Lafarge 2020, pushing the air envelope again, Hazardous waste as cement kiln fuel proposal, Jan2014
Another fine mess in Port Hope: municipal waste incinerator proposal, January 2014
Ostrander: fiasco, or snafu? you decide, December 2013
Ostrander rises again, Noli illegitimi carborundum, December 2013
British Petroleum backing off Cape Vincent after a decade of aggression? December 2013
Turbines best Bald Eagles in U.S law, December 2013
SARStock 10 years after, letter to editor, August 2003
Trillium log September 2013: Surfin' USA: Hanging Ten in a Hughes 29
ERT Post mortem: Garth Manning lets it all hang out, August 2013
ERT post mortem: Cheryl Anderson lets it all hang out, August 2013
ERT Post Mortem: Ian Dubin lets it all hang out, August 2013
Great Lakes United turns thirty, goes down, RIP GLU, July 29, 2013
ERT decision, Ostrander turns turtle, goes down, July 3, 2013
PECFN Thankyou, and Appeal for funds, July 6, 2013
Minister of Env on Lake Ontario Off shore wind turbine status, June 2013
Lake Ontario water level control plan, June 2013
Play by Play, Part II, APPEC Ostrander ERT Appeal, June 2013
Ostrander ERT June 2013, Appendix VI, an indirect cause of human morbidity and mortality ?
ELOERG Presentation to Ostrander ERT, Part II, Human Health, May 2013
The Dirty E-Word, Terry Sprague, Picton Gazette, April 2013
Toxics in Great Lakes Plastic Pollution, April 2013
Bill Evans on Birds and Wind farms, April 2013
Mayday, Naval Marine Archive, April 2013
Experimental Lakes Area, Kenora, Closing by Federal Gov't, March 2013
Fishing Lease Phase out on Prince Edward Point, March 2013
Windstream makes $1/2 Billion NAFTA claim, March 2013
Play by Play, PECFN Ostrander ERT Appeal, March 2013
Offshore Wind turbine moratorium 2 years later, The Star, Feb 2013
ELOERG ERT submission on Ostrander: Appendix V: Pushing the Envelope of the MoE SEV, Feb 2013
Wente on Wind and Bald Eagle mugging, Globe and Mail, February 2, 2013
Sprague on Wind and Bald Eagle mugging, Picton Gazette, Jan 25, 2013
Cry Me a River over a Few Bats: Submission to Env Review Tribunal, ELOERG, January 2013
Lake Ontario's Troubled Waters: U of Michigan GLEAM, January 2013
Letter to Minister of Environment re: Ostrander, January 2013
No Balm in Gilead: Ostrander IWT's as Trojan Horses, January 2013
Ostrander Turbines: another Christmas gift by the MoE, Dec 2012
Occupational carcinogens: Ontario Blue Collar breast cancer study, November 2012
Fresh water fish Extinctions, Scientific American,November 2012
Great Lakes Toxics revisited, November 2012
Frack the What ? November 2012
$ 2 1/4 Billion Trillium Power lawsuit knockback Appeal, November 2012
Canada Centre for Inland Waters decimated, October 2012
Birds, Bats, Turbines, and the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, October 2012
Ecological public health, the 21st centurys big idea? British MedicalJournal Sept1,2012
Trillium log, Sept 2012
George Prevost, Saviour of the Canadas, 1812 - 1814. June 2012
The Victory at Picton: Bicentennial Conference on War of 1812-1814, Differing Perspectives, May 2012
Carleton Island and the 1812, letter to the Globe, October 2011
Queen's Fine Arts Department Succumbs, letter to Principal, December 2011
Mr. Kumar and the Super 30, November 2011
Letters, Articles and Projects from the Nineties
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Amherst Island is currently on a trajectory to becoming the next to host industrial fields of wind turbines. The island is replete with birds, particularly owls and large raptors of the kind that may be vulnerable to these wind machines. Following is an account of snowy owl inhabitants of the island.

Project SNOWstorm Update; Tibbetts on Amherst Island

February 13, 2016

With the arrival of Tibbetts, four SNOWstorm owls are on Amherst Island in southern Ontario. (ęProject SNOWstorm and Google Earth)

We've been talking all winter about how Amherst Island in Ontario has a reputation as an internationally famous owl "mecca" and the fact that three of our tagged snowies have been wintering there only confirmed that distinction.

Well, make it four.

This week Tibbetts, who had been wandering around the New York side of the St. Lawrence near Chaumont Bay, suddenly put on his traveling shoes and headed north. He spent the day Feb. 7 on Grenadier Island, then at dusk skipped north along the edge of Wolfe Island and was by the wee hours of Feb. 8 perched on a barn roof in the middle of Amherst.

Since then he has been sticking close to the north shore of the island, only about 2 km (1.25 miles) east of Flander's last position, and about 3.5 km (2.2 miles) west of Baltimore.

Flanders, hanging out near the north shore of Amherst on Feb. 7, when a number of visiting birders were able to observe her.

Both Baltimore and Tibbetts made flights across the bay to the mainland, a hit-and-run visit on the part of Tibbetts, but several longer excursions across the water by Baltimore, who visited an oil tank farm and the flat expanse where a huge fiber plant was demolished a couple of years ago.

Janet Scott, the Bird Lady of Amherst, told me there have been a lot of ducks on the bay lately and that probably explains at least some of why all three owls have been spending time along the adjacent island shore. (Flanders did not check in this week, but we had a photo of her from Katsusaku, taken on Feb. 7 in the same area Flanders had been using the previous week, and other reports from visiting birders. No word from Chaumont this week, either.)

As for the others, Brunswick in Maine shifted her attention this week to the tidal marshes of Rachel Carson NWR, with none of her previous back-and-forth flights along the coast. She really seems to have settled down, perhaps because of the snow that pasted the New England coast at the beginning of the week. She has a couple of favorite rooftop day roosts, including a large motel, in the seaside town of Wells Beach.

Over the course of the past week, Salisbury made a 7-mile loop around the southern half of Boston Harbor but avoided Logan Airport.

Down the coast, on the other hand, Salisbury continues to roam all over the southern half of Boston Harbor, from Pleasure Bay in South Boston down to Quincy and South Weymouth. He spent a lot of time this past week out on Nantasket Beach, which frames the southern half of the bay, before looping back almost to Logan Airport, then winding up back at the Boston Science warehouse where he had been roosting the previous week. (Given all the snow they got this week, the warehouse's white roof probably isn't the draw it had been.) In all, Salisbury moved almost 70 miles (112 km) last week, compared with Brunswick, who barely covered 20 miles (32 km).

Dakota's movements across the prairie of eastern North Dakota are showing the importance of ponds and wetlands, which in this heavily farmed region may represent the best habitat for prey.

One of the interesting questions we can begin to answer this winter is how movements patterns for snowy owls in the Great Plains compare with birds wintering in coastal or urban environments. Dakota was moving around quite a bit this week, mostly in a narrow, north-to-south strip of prairie and grain fields about 9.5 miles (15 km) long and 3.25 miles (5.25 km) wide.

At first glance, the landscape may look flat and monotonous, but not to a bird, and certainly not to a snowy owl. Dakota is spending a lot of her time along some of the thousands of lakes, ponds and marshes that dot this part of eastern North Dakota. In spring and summer, these wetlands constitute part of the amazing rich "duck factory" of the prairie pothole region, but they are frozen now. So why the attention? Likely, it is because they are also surrounded by some of the only unplowed grassland in this grain-belt country, prime habitat for rodents, and good hunting for a hungry owl.

Finally, we had a terrific surprise yesterday afternoon, the first transmission this winter from Erie, one of our very first tagged owls. We are not sure where he is: it was what we call an I am alive!transmission, no data or even a current location, because his battery voltage was just above the critical threshold. We assume he just moved far enough south to start getting a decent amount of daylight, and our fingers are crossed that as his voltage climbs we will get his backlogged data.

Erie was our fourth tagged snowy, captured at Erie International Airport in northwestern Pennsylvania in January 2014. He spent that winter mostly on the ice on Lake Erie, migrated north to Hudson Bay for the summer, then came back south last winter to Lake Huron. We last heard from him in May, heading north across Lake Superior. We already have a tremendous body of data from his movements, and the prospect of getting another full annual cycle's worth of data from him is very exciting.

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