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K-State researcher: Wind power turbines do not harm greater prairie chickens

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 11:43 a.m.

Wind power turbines don’t hurt greater prairie chickens, Kansas State University research scientists say.

They spent seven years studying this, the university said in a statement.

Populations of greater prairie chickens have declined in recent years, but Brett Sandercock, a professor of biology, and other researchers found that rangeland management practices and the availability of protective cover do a lot more to affect greater prairie chicken populations, K-State said.

Wind power development makes no difference in their survival, they found. The researchers worked with conservationists, wildlife agencies and wind energy companies

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