The Acoustic Ecology Institute: “Animals directly affected by some aspect of living near wind turbines”

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The Acoustic Ecology Institute — June 2012

This is the most substantial report I’ve yet seen suggesting that an animal is directly affected by some aspect living near a wind turbine.   In this case, the wind farm company requested that a vet examine the dog after the owner contacted them about a dramatic behavior change in one of his working sheep dogs after nights in which the wind blew from the turbine direction.  Like many human reports, the effect occurs only in particular wind conditions; I wonder whether it’s similar to some wind farm neighbors who experience ear pressure and popping when downwind from turbines, perhaps due to air pressure differentials in the turbine wake, or due to a particularly strong physiological reaction to low frequency noise.  Many other reports of effects on farm animals have been more general, making it hard to preclude other possible causes.  Of course, as in…

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2 responses to “The Acoustic Ecology Institute: “Animals directly affected by some aspect of living near wind turbines”

  1. The wind industry would say that the dog heard it’s people talking about the harm turbines would cause, and was suffering from the nocebo effect. Or it could simply be a hypochondriac dog, or it wishes
    it was getting the money, the neighbours dog was, or the dog had
    “turbine envy”….

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