Dr. David Haukos
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA Natural Resources
Oregon State University
Status: Initiation Fall 2012
Lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)
Using a BACI experimental design, examine space use and demographic rates of lesser prairie-chickens pre- and post-removal of eastern red cedar and other woody species
Using predictive models to quantify thresholds of woody species cover that are detrimental to space use and demographic rates of lesser prairie-chickens
These predictive models will be translated into planning tools for range and wildlife managers to more effectively plan and implement cedar removal projects that will have the greatest benefit to lesser prairie-chickens
Using a BACI experimental design, quantify fence strikes of unmarked by lesser prairie-chickens across a gradient of different fence densities, and the effectiveness of marking those fences by quantifying strikes post marking
Using strike information, develop spatially explicit predictive models that identify physiographic features and fence features that create the conditions for high likelihood for collision
These predictive models will be translated into planning tools for grassland and wildlife managers to more effectively plan and implement fence marking projects that will have the greatest benefit to lesser prairie-chickens
Progress and Results:
The goal of this project is to help NRCS, and other relevant management
organizations, maximize biological and economic effectness of management practices related to
enhancement and restoration of lesser prairie-chicken habitats. The focus of this research will be
related to brush management to remove invasive eastern red cedar (Juniper virginianus) and
other woody invasive species, and evaluate the impacts of fences to prairie-chicken populations.
To this end, we will use novel field methodologies to identify habitat use, demographic rates, and
movements of lesser prairie-chickens related to these NRCS conservation practices. The woody species
removal project will be a 4-5 field study and the fence marking project will be a 2-3 year project.
Lautenbach, J., R. Plumb, D. Haukos, and J. Pitman. 2013. Regional variation in nest success of lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Crookston, MN.
Lautenbach, J., R. Plumb, D. Haukos, and J. Pitman. 2013. Factors affecting brood and chick survival of lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Crookston, MN.