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In October 2016, David Haukos, John Kraft, Jonathan Lautenbach, Willow Malone, Kelsey McCullough, Sarah Ogden, Caroline Skidmore and Dan Sullins attended The Wildlife Society's 23rd Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Six presentations were made. Dr. Haukos recognized by The Wildlife Society (TWS) as the recipient of the TWS Fellows Award. He also was the recipient of the award for Wildlife Publication - Paper: "Factors affecting female space use in ten populations of prairie chickens."

In August 2016, Dan Sullins, Samantha Robinson and Beth Ross attended the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington, DC. Three presentations were made. Beth Ross was symposium organizer and co-moderator of a focus session.

In August 2016, Martha Mather, Robert Mapes, Sean Hitchman and Ryland Taylor attended the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Mather and Sean Hitchman were co-organizers of a symposium, Dr. Mather, Sean Hitchman and Ryland Taylor were co-moderators of two symposia.

Right: Black-tailed prairie dog with a radio collar at Fort Larned National Historic Site.

Featured Research Project

Left: Lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus).

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat Use, Survival, and Recruitment in Kansas

Investigators: Joseph Lautenbach, Reid Plumb, John Kraft, Dan Sullins, Samantha Robinson, Beth Ross, David Spencer and David Haukos

Progress and Results:   Lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus; hereafter LPC) currently exist in scattered populations in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico. Each population is associated with unique habitat types and patch sizes; experiencing different population trajectories from severe decline to relatively stable or, rarely, increasing. For more information about this project, click here.

Article on Lesser Prairie Chickens in Science magazine, June 18, 2015.

Site last updated on December 8, 2016.

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