WEST biologists have partnered with Scout Clean Energy and South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks to study sharp-tailed grouse behavior relative to a wind energy facility. The comprehensive study entails capturing sharp-tailed grouse and tracking them via GPS technology for the life of the bird. The grouse will be monitored for three years to estimate survival, nest locations, nest success, movement, and brood survival prior to and after construction of a wind energy facility.
This research presents a unique opportunity where researchers will have the ability to understand how a wind energy facility may alter grouse behavior which will provide science-based solutions for species conservation. Follow us here as we will be providing periodic updates on study progress.