Biofuel grasslands could be for the birds

Today Tech and Science, Jan 10 2011

Picture the vibrant wildflowers and swaying grasses of prairies covering the Midwestern United States once again, teeming with wildlife and requiring very little management from people, yet providing a renewable energy sources....

A recent study looked at bird populations in biofuel fields. The largest populations and greatest diversity of birds were found in a mixed-species grassland, nearly double the numbers found in corn fields, according to researchers at Michigan State University. Fields of switchgrass, a fast growing perennial often touted as a biomass energy powerhouse, had population levels in between the two extremes.