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OA 75: Influence of wind energy on Swainson's hawk ecology


March 2014 - September 2017


We are assessing the influence of wind energy development on breeding ecology and risk of mortality during migration of Swainson's hawks.

Research Products and Activities


  • Groen, L.M. 2015. Risk of wind turbine encounters and migration patterns of Swainson's hawks (Buteo swainsoni) migrating from the plains of Texas to the pampas of Argentina. M.S. Thesis. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.


  • Walker, J.R., R.S. Matlack, C.W. Boal, and J. Ray.2013. Home range determinations of nesting Swainson’s hawks: Ptts vs VHF. 49th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Houston, TX. Feb. 2013.
  • Groen, L., C. Boal, J. Ray, and J. Walker. 2014. Movement rates of Swainson's hawks migrating from Texas to Argentina. 50th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Austin, TX, Feb. 2014.
  • Groen, L., C.W. Boal, J. Ray, and J. Walker. 2014. Movement Rates of Swainson’s Hawks from the Plains of Texas to the Pampas of Argentina. 2014 Annual Meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation, Corpus Christi, TX, September 2014.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 39

Scientific Publications: 79

Presentations: 169



Funding Agencies

  • BWXT Pantex/DOE


Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Texas Parks and Wildlife
  2. Texas Tech University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute