Researcher says proposed NS spaceport a potential threat to migratory birds

Concerned that lighting at the $200-million site could confuse birds, delay their migration.

CANSO, NS — A researcher says Canada’s first proposed spaceport in Canso, NS, is a potential threat to migratory birds.

John Kearney, an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University, says he’s concerned that lighting at the $200-million site could confuse birds and delay their migration.

In a blog post this month, Kearney says he also thinks there could be a loss of stop-over and breeding habitat for a number of bird species.

Maritime Launch Services Ltd. wants to start construction next year on a launch site that could eventually see as many as 12 satellites blast into orbit per year.

Stephen Matier, president of Maritime Launch, says Kearney has never contacted his company to express any of his concerns or to learn details of what the company is planning.

Matier says one of the reasons the site was chosen was because previous environmental assessments done for a neighbouring Canso wind farm showed no issues for migratory birds.

He says his company is doing its own studies and hopes the province will approve an environmental assessment plan early next year.

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