Double trouble for AWA – taken in the AWA Goodhue wind project footprint:


to be clear, there are lots and lots of bald eagles here, and there are documented golden eagles too.  USFWS has said there are no permits available for golden eagles for this project.

ABPP – that’s Avian and Bat Protection Plan:


AWA Goodhue Fall Migration Study

U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources have filed comments on the Avian and Bat Protection Plan.  These are MUST READ Comments!

USFWS Comments on ABPP

DNR Comments on ABPP

And here is the response to my Data Request to the Board of Animal Health asking for copies of AWA Complaints to Board of Animal Health about Eagle Baiting and the reports of their investigations showing no violations found, that there is no basis for enforcement action:

Response to Data Request – Board of Animal Health

In the AWA Goodhue wind project footprint, T. Boone Pickens is at it again – the helicopters are flying today:


Does that look like 200 feet??  Is it the same one from Brainerd Helicopter Service?

Here they are by the met tower, that’s 197 feet tall,  just enough to keep under the lighting requirement, and the helicopter is just above:


Clients got the call from sheriff and utilized their phone tree to spread the word that AWA Goodhue helicopters would be flying today, notice came in at 10:00 a.m. and helicopter sighted at 10:30 a.m.  Sheriff did a good job in notifying as soon as notice came in, but come on AWA, how about letting the landowners know reasonably ahead of time, report it when you book the helicopter???  It’s not that hard!

Here it is near a communications tower – the lights are out on that tower, somebody call maintenance!


One Response to “AWA Goodhue’s helicopters and ABPP Comments”

  1. Marie McNamara Says:

    Let’s hope that AWA does not fly at night. The communications tower has been “lights off” for a few weeks. Somebody needs to screw in a new light bulb. We are landowners who want to have better notice. Sure, flights have to wait until weather is known, but maybe a company can give a several day window, and then give a couple hours notice, at the beginning of the day chosen? The Sheriff should contact township chairmen, also. We got about 30 or 45 minutes notice from neighbors. Those pictures look well under the 500 ft. we were told by FAA and Sheriff that the helicopter had to maintain. Helicopter was also close to our home and barn, again. At least no cattle out, this time.

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