Audubon leader corrects Barbara Durkin

oceanturbineMass Audubon never said birds would be killed 

To the Editor:

Barbara Durkin repeatedly misquotes our public comments on the Draft EIS for the proposed Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound as she does most recently in her July 26 Letter to the Editor of The Standard-Times.

Mass Audubon scientists have never concluded that up to 6,600 birds, or any number of birds, would be killed if this project is permitted. We provided multiple examples of calculations that could have been included in the Draft EIS. To quote from our comments. "our results are intended to be illustrative of the kind of calculations that the Corps should conduct in the Supplemental DEIS - using data collected from avian surveys of the Sound to produce statistically valid estimates of collision mortality for all birds based on clearly described and defended assumptions.

Given the uncertainty surrounding collision mortality figures, the Corps should report the results of these calculations as a range of collision probabilities. We note again that key data are missing, including sufficient data on flight height of sea ducks during the winter months." Our full comments are available on our website here and here.

Readers can decide for themselves. We don't understand Ms. Durkin's closing question.

Taber D. Allison, Ph. D.
Vice President, Conservation Science and Ecological Management
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