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Effect of managed grazing on trends of lesser prairie-chicken abundance, vegetation composition and structure, and invertebrate production on the Milnesand Prairie Preserve

Investigators:
Patricia McDaniel
David Haukos
Clint Boal

Project Supervisors:
David Haukos

Funding:
The Nature Conservancy
Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Region 2, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Texas Tech University

Cooperators:
Ecological Services, Region 2, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Grasslans Charitable Foundation
Weaver Ranch
New Mexico Game and Fish
Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA

Location: Milnesand Prairie Preserve, eastern New Mexico



Lesser prairie-chicken brood on the Milnesand Prairie Preserve

Completion: May 2012

Status: The field work for this 10-year project has been completed. The data are being organized and tabulated for analyses.

Objectives:
(1) measure the long-term response of lesser prairie-chickens and vegetation to use of a consistent grazing system optimized through fencing and water placement.
(2) compare adjacent vegetation composition and structure among different lek sizes as defined by the number of displaying males
(3) evaluation of long patterns in abundance of invertebrates on sand shiner y oak grasslands in eastern New Mexico.

Progress and Results:

Products:
McDaniel, P., and D. Haukos. 2009. Chickens, bugs, and cows: Lessons from the TNC Milnesand Preserve. Annual Meeting, Lesser Prairie-Chicken InterstateWorking Group. Lubbock, Texas.