Category: Kansas

Strong Effects of Climate Change on Common Bird Populations

Scientists have shown for the first time that common bird populations are responding to climate change in a similar pronounced way in both Europe and the USA. An international team of researchers led by Durham University, UK, found that populations of bird species expected to do well due to climate change had substantially outperformed those […]

14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines Litter the USA

The towering symbols of a fading religion, over 14,000 wind turbines, abandoned, rusting, slowly decaying. When it is time to clean up after a failed idea, no green environmentalists are to be found. Wind was free, natural, harnessing Earth’s bounty for the benefit of all mankind, sounded like a good idea. Wind turbines, like solar […]

Why Do Owls “Bob” Their Heads?

Ever wonder why owls bob their heads from side to side so often? Audubon’s recent “BirdNote” podcast addressed this peculiar behavior, explaining that the animals aren’t intentionally trying to weird you out after all. Read More…

Friday February 5th, 2016 in Alps Owls, Articles, Birds, California, California Owls, Cape Cod Owls, Colorado, Dr. Hoots, Iowa, Kansas, Location, Minnesota, Nevada, Owls, Research, Texas, Texas Owls | Comments Off on Why Do Owls “Bob” Their Heads?

Wind Turbines Could Be Driving Away Mating Prairie Birds

Shifting to renewable energy sources has been a major focus of recent decades, but a recent study uncovered some unexpected consequences of supposedly eco-friendly machines, the Central Ornithology Publication Office reported. The findings show wind turbines in Kansas are driving out breeding Greater Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido) in the region. A team of researchers monitored prairie-chicken leks (mating […]

Friday May 8th, 2015 in Articles, Birds, Kansas, News, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Wind Turbines Could Be Driving Away Mating Prairie Birds

Feds List New Bird Species As Threatened – Should Wind Developers Be Worried?

In response to a precipitous decline of the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced on March 27 that it is listing the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Under the ESA, a “threatened” designation means the species is likely to become in danger of extinction within the […]

Tuesday April 8th, 2014 in Articles, Birds, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexicl, Oklahoma, Research, Texas, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Feds List New Bird Species As Threatened – Should Wind Developers Be Worried?

Blown away

The effervescence of the wind industry last year, however, was partly because the main federal tax credit for wind power was going to expire in December, and companies raced to qualify before the deadline. The Production Tax Credit (PTC) gave producers 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity generated during the first ten years of a […]

Saturday June 8th, 2013 in Articles, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Research, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Blown away

The Life of Osage Eagles

Wind turbines in rural Osage County will soon be producing clean, renewable energy. It is a big investment that some see as a step in the right direction, but it has others asking, ‘At what cost?’ “From my perspective as an eagle rehabilitator and a Native-American, I see this as something that is foreseeing deaths […]

Thursday June 6th, 2013 in Alps Eagles, Articles, Birds, California Eagles, Cape Cod Eagles, Eagles, Kansas, News, Texas Eagles, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on The Life of Osage Eagles