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Virginia L. Winder, Lance B. McNew, Andrew J. Gregory, Lyla M. Hunt, Samantha M. Wisely and Brett K. Sandercock Effects of wind energy development on survival of female greater prairie-chickens Journal of Applied Ecology 51

Version of Record online: 19 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12184

Development of a wind energy facility had no negative effect on survival of female prairie-chickens. The results of our field study indicate that greater prairie-chickens are less sensitive to wind energy development than lesser prairie-chickens Tympanuchus pallidicinctus and greater sage-grouse Centrocercus urophasianus are to oil and gas development. We have strong evidence that survival increased after wind energy development, and hypothesize that energy development affected the local predator community, resulting in an indirect effect of decreased predation risk during the post-construction period.

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