Archive for November, 2008

20
Nov
08

Down in the Dumps: Raptors Harmed by Landfill Flaring

The Burning Hawk Wine Initiative was established to help address the issue of birds being harmed through powerline collision or electrocution. However, if we take a step back it’s important to consider how to improve the entire energy system to be safer and more hospitable for  raptors and birds (wind mills, power plants etc…).  And over time we hope that you, our millions of engaged readers:), will allow us to bring new issues to your attention.

With this in mind here is some information about another energy system/avian conflict—raptors getting injured or killed by the flaring of methane at garbage dumps and landfills. Please read these blog posts by Audubon Birdscapes and Birdchaser which both describe the problem in detail and share solutions. Here are some other links: Mystery of Burned Hawks is Solved and Raptor Burns from Landfill Methane Burners.

Evidently, raptors see these burners as a great perch from which to rest and hunt for their prey. The immediate solution seems to be retrofitting methane burners with perch discouragers or excluder devices. A longer-term solution I’m wondering about is how to eliminate flaring in the first place. I know that methane can be converted to electricity or liquified natural gas (LNG) to help power our communities. What I don’t know is do these systems eliminate flaring altogether? Perhaps someone could help me out on this question.

Here is an article on Community Pulse about one such methane-to-electricity system in Sonoma County, CA wine country. For a national-level program there’s the EPAS Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP).  I called one of their team members today and this raptor/methane burning issue hadn’t crossed his radar before. He was appreciative of the heads up and requested additional information. Since they work with landfills around the country, this would be one potential group that could help get the word out about this issue and what can be done.

15
Nov
08

Oakville Grocery the First to Carry Burning Hawk Wines

We are proud to announce that Healdsburg’s Oakville Grocery, a purveyor of gourmet foods, picnic supplies and catering services has chosen to sell Burning Hawk wines.oakville_grocery_logo_11 For those of you who’ve not visited Oakville Grocery, this is a wonderful little store in the heart of wine country, just off the town square in Healdsburg. 

We have been working very hard to establish Burning Hawk Wines with local retailers and as you can imagine, cause or no cause, there is only so much room on the shelf. We are honored and thankful to have been selected by Oakville as one of the outstanding wine brands they choose to offer to their customers.

Next time you are in Healdsburg please drop by Oakville and purchase a bottle (or eight) of Burning Hawk wines. And if you are so inclined, let them  know that you respect them a great deal for the leadership they are displaying by choosing to be the first to carry our brand and for supporting innovative projects that have a philanthropic or conservation focus.

15
Nov
08

Thanks to the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

Attending the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Harlingen, Texas was a pinnacle event for the Burning Hawk Team. Attended each year by hundreds of bird lovers from around the world, this festival was a remarkable platform from which to share the vision of the Burning Hawk Wines and establish new relationships. The wine flowed freely, people seemed truly inspired by our mission, and perhaps most importantly we formed new friendships with some downright amazing people and organizations.

We extend our gratitude and thanks to the event’s organizing team as well as the many individuals, bloggers and vendors who took an interest in Burning Hawk Wines. This family of professionals and downright good people (far too many to list) took such good care of us. We will never forget the many displays of generosity that were extended to us throughout the event.