A 2013 study found that 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed every year by wind turbines.
There is a widespread narrative promoted by some environmental pressure groups and some in the federal government that the sage grouse needs protection under the Endangered Species Act because state and local conservation efforts are inadequate.
In the arid West, life follows water. Habitats near water—streamsides, wet meadows and wetlands—support the greatest variety of animal and plant life, and attract wildlife during their daily and seasonal movements. In a water-scarce landscape, these lush habitats are also where people have naturally settled.