New research is helping to understand whether wind energy negatively impacts prairie grouse habitat
Multiple prairie grouse species face increasing threats from expanding human development across their ranges. Some species show sensitivity to disturbance from oil and gas development and have been displaced from otherwise suitable habitat, but it is uncertain whether any of these species’ use of habitat is affected by wind energy construction and operation.
Evaluating potential habitat effects has required expensive, detailed studies at multiple wind farms for several years, and alternative approaches are needed. AWWI and collaborators are developing ways to evaluate wind energy impacts on key species of prairie grouse to inform best management practices.
Lesser Prairie Chicken By J.N. Stuart, Flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Read the Prairie Grouse Issue Brief to learn about research (both ongoing and planned) and conservation strategies being employed to protect prairie-chickens and sage-grouse.
Greater Sage Grouse By USFWS Pacific Region, Flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Learn more about greater sage-grouse and wind energy and the latest research findings on their interactions in the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) Greater Sage-Grouse Fact Sheet.
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Read about a seven-year research project through the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) on effects of wind power development on greater prairie-chicken.