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