Power To The Green People In Southwest Oklahoma

Wind Tower

Contrary to what some in today’s media would have everyone believe, farmers and ranchers are not out to destroy the planet. We are the original earth people. Why? Because we make our living from…well, the earth, and we’d be the first ones to go down if we crashed the planet.

From time to time, Gramps and I might feel some annoyance with militant animal rights groups who make the difficult job of feeding the world even harder for livestock producers, but we’re actually very green out here in southwestern Oklahoma, living as we do in the midst of a wind farm.

The Rocky Ridge Wind Project has 93 turbines spread across about 18,000 acres, and it produces enough power for about 40,000 homes, harnessing our biggest resource out here–the wind.

However, like most concerned green people, I’m worried about the number of birds those massive wind turbine blades strike down. Our granddaughter, Blondie, and I sat out to investigate one day last week.

I am presently unmounted since I wrecked my horse–or he wrecked me, more accurately–but Gramps rides a Cat, so we hopped on it.

K On Four Wheeler

We visited several turbines and found no dead birds–not even love birds which was what Gramps was most worried about–but we scared up several large flocks of blackbirds, took note of happy meadowlark pairs, and even spotted a hawk cruising around. (On a sad, but related, note–there was a pile of scattered feathers in the yard of our house where a cat or dog had feasted in the past.)

These turbines are about 300' tall.

These turbines are about 300′ tall.

For those of you who wonder about the sound these turbines makes, I’ve included a short video.

The closest turbines to our house are a mile-and-a-half away, so I don’t mind them too much. The sun flashing off the blades as they turn is slightly hypnotic and they generate some badly needed revenue in our rural counties. The part I dislike most is the blinking red lights on top of the towers at night. Very distracting.

In conclusion, Blondie and I discovered Southwest Oklahoma birds are not dumb enough to let wind turbine blades cut them down, but they often cannot outsmart cats.

But What Do Y’all Think?

  • Would you like to live in a wind farm project?
  • Do blinking red lights distract you when you’re looking at the stars? (And…um…have you ever mistaken them for the mother ship’s landing lights? Just curious, because the other night–I mean… Oh, well. Never mind.)
  • Are all birds dumb, or just the…er…endangered ones?

Until next time, God bless all y’all and enjoy The Punches Family doin’ Steppin’ On the Clouds. (These kids are great. )

*These artists don’t necessarily endorse my blog, I just like ’em.

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7 thoughts on “Power To The Green People In Southwest Oklahoma

  1. Pingback: Wind Farming At The Ranch Pen | From the Ranch Pen–A Danni McGriffith Blog

  2. I may be in the minority, but I really don’t mind having the wind turbines around. They remind me of giant pinwheels. Also, being surrounded by them doesn’t keep the birds around our place from singing and talking all day long. However, we don’t have any cats. Perhaps that’s why the birds are so happy here. 🙂

    • Thank you, Drema. I can’t say I love the wind turbines but it seems to me that as an energy dependent populace we have to stop griping about every power source and try to find solutions. Wind power is clean and generally confined to less populated regions, at least. And one thing we never seem to run out of here in Southwest OK is wind.
      Thank you for reading the blog 🙂

  3. I am definitely distracted by the blinking red lights. A few miles off of our house is a big ol’ cell tower. And we live up on a hill, so as we look over the surrounding farmland on a quiet night, the blasted red light always seems to draw the eye. Plus, to add insult to injury, we don’t even get good cell reception up on the hill. Well, I suppose it could be worse. It could be the mother ship. 🙂

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