Energy & Wildlife

Power Lines

Power lines may have direct and indirect effects on wildlife survival, reproduction, and movement. Flying birds may collide with power lines, and terrestrial birds may avoid using habitat near power lines. Indirect effects are due to alteration and fragmentation of the landscape, attraction of new species including predators, and other factors which are not yet well understood. USGS scientists study how energy infrastructure affects sensitive species and provide guidance on placement of new power lines in areas that minimize impacts to wildlife. 

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Date published: June 26, 2018
Status: Active

Migration and winter ecology of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo Population of whooping cranes

The only self-sustaining population of endangered whooping cranes nests within and near Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada, migrates through the Great Plains, and winters primarily along the Texas Gulf Coast. Our objectives of this collaborative project are to address the entire annual life cycle of this species by advancing knowledge of breeding, wintering, and migration ecology, including...

Contacts: Aaron Pearse
Date published: June 21, 2018
Status: Active

Ecology and management of midcontinent sandhill cranes

Midcontinent sandhill cranes occupy a large geographic area of central and western North America and northeastern Asia during breeding, winter, and migration.  They are a species representing a unique convergence of multiple user groups with an interest in the continued health of this population.  Tens of thousands of people view cranes during spring staging at the Platte River Valley in...

Contacts: Aaron Pearse
Date published: March 27, 2018
Status: Active

Monarch Conservation Science Partnership Map Viewer and Tools

This web mapping application is a repository for data and tools that support the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership

Date published: June 30, 2017
Status: Active

Greater Sage-Grouse Population Ecology

Greater Sage-grouse are iconic birds found only in the Great Basin of the western U.S. Known for their showy courting displays, sage-grouse rely on native sagebrush habitat to shelter their young. Dr. Pete Coates is providing resource managers with the tools and information they need to conserve sage-grouse as invasive plants, evolving wildfire patterns, and energy development change the Great...

Contacts: Peter Coates
Date published: February 14, 2017
Status: Active

Informing Renewable Energy Development Siting Decisions with Vertebrate Biodiversity Measures

Renewable energy development is expanding in southwestern deserts, including in Arizona. Energy developers look to resource management agencies to provide siting guidance on public lands where there might be conflicts with wildlife. Often, agency guidance considers species of conservation concern and economic importance, but information on comprehensive vertebrate biodiversity has been hard to...