"We are trying to work as hard as we can to stave off the inevitable," Peoples told commissioners. "The lesser prairie chicken is in peril. There is no doubt about it." To be fair, prairie chickens were disappearing even before wind farms began appearing on the prairie. Prairie chickens have very strict habitat requirements and the prairie has changed from when they were thriving and plentiful. The introduction of exotic grasses and the encroachment of Eastern red cedars have not been kind to the birds. Wind farms are just the latest in a long line of culprits.