We investigated the impacts of wind power development on the demography, movements, and population genetics of Greater Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido) at three sites in northcentral and eastern Kansas for a 7-year period. Only 1 of 3 sites was developed for wind power, the 201MW Meridan Way Wind Power Facility at the Smoky Hills site in northcentral Kansas. Our project report is based on population data for prairie chickens collected during a 2-year preconstruction period (2007-2008), a 3-year postconstruction period (2009-2011) and one final year of lek surveys (2012). Where relevant, we present preconstruction data from our field studies at reference sites in the northern Flint Hills (2007-2009) and southern Flint Hills (2006-2008).
Environmental Impacts of Wind Power Development on the Population Biology of Greater Prairie-Chickens
Title: Environmental Impacts of Wind Power Development on the Population Biology of Greater Prairie-Chickens
May 22, 2013
Sandercock, B. (2013). Environmental Impacts of Wind Power Development on the Population Biology of Greater Prairie-Chickens. Report by Kansas State University. pp 77.