Assessing the impacts of wind-energy development on sharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie-chickens in North and South Dakota
Since 2003, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) has conducted research on the impact of wind-energy development on breeding grassland birds, including Sharp-tailed Grouse and Greater-Prairie Chicken. Wind-energy development in the northern Great Plains primarily occurs along the Missouri Coteau and Missouri River Plateau in North and South Dakota. While these areas rank high in wind-energy potential, they also contain important breeding habitat for Sharp-tailed Grouse and Greater Prairie-Chicken. The Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service specifically mention prairie grouse as a group of species requiring particular precautions when siting wind facilities. However,...