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Effects of wind-energy facilities on breeding grassland bird distributions

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Shaffer, J. A., and D. A. Buhl. 2016. Effects of wind-energy facilities on grassland bird distributions. Conservation Biology 30:59-71. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12569.

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Since 2003, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) has conducted research on the impact of wind-energy development on breeding grassland birds in North Dakota and South Dakota, specifically addressing whether birds are displaced by wind infrastructure. Wind-energy development in the northern Great Plains primarily occurs along the Missouri Coteau and Missouri River Plateau. These geological landforms rank high in wind-energy potential, but they also contain some of the last contiguous blocks of mixed-grass prairie, which is prime habitat for grassland birds. However, the impact of wind-energy development on grassland birds in the northern Great Plains is largely unknown. NPWRC has monitored change in grassland bird densities [...]

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Jill A Shaffer

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