The name comes from the small lizards sucked up into the dust devils that frequent the Northern Nevada desert.
This first illustration is a necessity for anyone that whats to design a homebuilt windcatcher for the area he lives: the Windrose.
The WindRose tells you the prevalent direction and velocity of the winds in your area. They are usually available through NOAA.
Step 1: Doing the Math
Step 2: How not to make your windcatcher hum...
Another pdf file on how the first Flying Lizard was built, and its rather strange way of transmitting power, via a flexible power shaft.