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

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