Sage-Grouse Research Collaborative Supports Wildlife Research with New Request for Proposals
July 29, 2010
The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative's Sage-Grouse Research Collaborative (Collaborative) released a request for proposals this month to examine the impacts of wind power development on greater sage-grouse across this bird species' range. The result of the research will be peer-reviewed reports that can inform decision makers regarding future wind development and sage-grouse management strategies in the western United States.
The sage-grouse was designated as a Candidate Species under the Endangered Species Act in March 2010. This designation, combined with a lack of information regarding wind power impacts on the species, has affected new wind power development activity in many western states where wind resources and sage-grouse habitat overlap.
"The Collaborative will provide important impetus, study protocol guidelines, and funding for much-needed research on the impact of wind energy development on sage-grouse," said Sophie Osborn, Wildlife Biologist for the Wyoming Outdoor Council and one of the Collaborative's Oversight Committee conservation representatives. "We need scientifically-defensible, peer-reviewed research to ensure that wind energy is developed right and does not harm our cherished wildlife."
"The wind industry is very eager to initiate research on sage grouse and the impacts our projects may have," says Collaborative Oversight Committee member Nicole Hughes of Element Power. "The collaborative is the venue which will allow us to conduct research in the most open, transparent, and credible scientific manner."
Research teams may contribute to this comprehensive research effort by partnering with wind developers and submitting a proposal to conduct studies requesting no, partial, or full funding from the Sage-Grouse Research Collaborative. Proposals are due October 1, 2010.
For more information about the Collaborative and its efforts, please visit the Collaborative's Web site.