Episode 7: Offshore Wind Energy with Ann Vileisis

Oregon Coast Birdcast

02-04-2024 • 53 minutos

Offshore wind energy is in the news. While it’s a potentially promising step toward decarbonizing the grid, conservationists and fishermen alike share concerns about its potential impacts. In this episode, Paul talks to Ann Vileisis, President of Kalmiopsis Audubon Society and independent scholar about the recent proposals for offshore floating turbines off of the southern coast of Oregon. Ann shares her perspective on why a more careful approach to the implementation of these projects matters, and they discuss the specific challenges they pose to seabirds and other ocean life. While decarbonization is critical in the race against climate change, ecosystem-level thinking about alternative energy sources is imperative to not damage vulnerable populations irreversibly. After all, as Ann says, “the ocean is not empty.”

In the introduction, Paul provides an overview of what birds you can expect to see this month on the Oregon Coast. At the end of the episode, ASLC Digital Media Coordinator Nissa Parker jumps in to share news about ASLC events and projects.

ASLC Calendar: https://www.lincolncityaudubon.org/events-calendar

Want to volunteer? Contact ASLC: https://www.lincolncityaudubon.org/contact-us

ASLC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/audubonlincolncity/

Learn more about ASLC: https://www.lincolncityaudubon.org/

Make sure to follow us on Instagram at @oregoncoastbirdcast and email your questions and suggestions to birdcast@lincolncityaudubon.org!

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