Biologists, energy interests propose grouse study
TWIN FALLS (AP) - Biologists and energy interests are proposing long-term studies of the effects of wind farms on sage grouse, a football-sized bird that is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative is proposing a study of areas where wind projects are planned in the next few years, to gather sage grouse data before and after a wind farm is built.
Backers include Renewable Energy Systems Americas, the developer of a proposed 170-turbine wind farm along China Mountain southwest of Rogerson, The Times-News reported.
University of Nevada wildlife ecology professor Jim Sedinger says the findings of the proposed 10-year studies could be used as other wind projects are developed across the West.
He says finding the estimated $10 million needed for the studies is the next hurdle.