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August 2016

The Annual Coordinating Committee Meeting for the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was held at the KSU Alumni Center in Manhattan, KS. The 25th anniversary of the Kansas Coop Unit was celebrated at this meeting.

Adela Annis and Alix Godar joined the Kansas Coop Unit as graduate students under the direction of David Haukos.

Dan Sullins, Samantha Robinson and Beth Ross attended the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington, DC. Beth Ross was symposium organizer and co-moderator of the "Empowering population-level inference through study of avian life histories with integrated populations models" sessions. The following presentations were made:

• Sullins, D.S. 2016. Identifying foods of a declining prairie grouse using DNA metabarcoding. North American Ornithological Conference, Washington, DC.

• Robinson, S. 2016. Come rain or no water, I will survive: nonbreeding lesser prairie-chicken survival and space use. North American Ornithological Conference, Washington, DC.

• Ross, B. 2016. Combining multiple data sources to determine drought and land-use impacts on Lesser Prairie-chickens. North American Ornithological Conference, Washington, DC.

Martha Mather, Robert Mapes, Sean Hitchman and Ryland Taylor attended the 146th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Kansas City, Missouri. The following presentations were made:

• Mapes, R. M., and M. E. Mather. 2016. Location, location, location: Incorporating spatial context into fisheries research. 146th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Kansas City, MO.

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Presentations that were part of the symposium entitled "Blue Catfish: Lessons from a large riverine opportunistic catfish." Martha Mather was Co-Moderator. 146th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Kansas City, MO.

• Gerber, K. M., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, and Z. J. Peterson. 2016. Identifying overall, seasonal, and diel patterns for reservoir-wide distribution of Blue Catfish: filling critical gaps for fish ecology and fisheries management.

• Peterson, Z. J., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, and K. M. Gerber. 2016. Correlates of the whole-system distribution of a reservoir predator (Blue Catfish, Ictalurus furcatus).

• Smith, J. M., M. E. Mather, K. G. Gerber. 2016. Seasonal and diel patterns of depth and temperature distribution of Blue Catfish in Milford Reservoir, KS.

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Presentations that were part of the symposium entitled "Fish Research and Conservation in the 'Scapes: Needs, Progress, Challenges and Opportunities." Sean Hitchman and Martha Mather were co-organizers of this symposium. Sean Hitchman and Ryland Taylor were co-moderators. 146th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Kansas City, MO.

• Hitchman, S. M., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, J. S. Fencl. 2016. Viewing streams as a habitat mosaic; implications for riverscape ecology and stream conservation.

• Mather, M. E., J. M. Smith, C. G. Kennedy, K. M. Gerber, and R. B. Taylor. 2016. Mobile organisms in the 'scape': patterns, consequences, and challenges.

• Smith, J. M., M. E. Mather, and S. M. Hitchman. 2016. Operationalizing riverscapes.

• Luginbill, J., E. Johnson, S. Hitchman, and M. E. Mather. 2016. Effective aquatic conservation requires fisheries research in the "scape."

July 2016

Thomas Becker presented his Master's Thesis defense. The title of his thesis was, "Retrospective Review of Wild Waterfowl Diseases in Kansas."

Dan Sullins and Reid Plumb attended the North American Congress for Conservation Biology in Madison, WI. The following presentations were made:

• Sullins, D.S., D. A. Haukos, J. D. Kraft, J. M. Lautenbach, R. T. Plumb, S. Robinson and B. Ross. 2016. Conservation Planning for Lesser Prairie-chickens Among Reproductive and Survivorship Landscapes of Varying Anthropogenic Influence. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, WI.

• Plumb, R.T., J.M. Lautenbach, S. Robinson, J.D. Kraft, D.S. Sullins, J.D. Lautenbach, D.A. Haukos, V. Winder, J. Pitman, C. Hagen, and D. Dahlgren. 2016. Lesser Prairie-chicken Space Use Response to Anthropogenic Structures Among Landscapes. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, WI.

March 2016

David Haukos gave an invited presentation at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The title of the presentation was:

Haukos, D. A. and J. Prendergast. 2016. Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation. 81st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative posted an article about Joseph Lautenbach's research, "Redcedar Removal Restores Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat" in their "Science to Solutions" section:

http://lpcinitiative.org/redcedar-removal-restores-lesser-prairie-chicken-habitat/

Jonathan Lautenbach, Willow Malone, Kelsey McCullough, Sarah Ogden and Dan Sullins made presentations at the 42nd Annual Graduate Student Research Forum, Division of Biology, Kansas State University. The following papers were presented:

• Lautenbach, J. 2016. Using patch-burn grazing to maintaining prairie for lesser prairie-chickens. Division of Biology, Graduate Student Forum

• Malone, W. 2016. Our essential freshwater source: Estimating the occurrence and function of playa wetlands in Western Kansas. Division of Biology, Graduate Student Forum

• McCullough, K. 2016. Re-Thinking Regal Fritillary conservation and management: Habitat characteristics and the impact of disturbance regime on an imperiled grassland butterfly. Annual Graduate Research Forum, Division of Biology.

• Ogden, S. 2016. Grassland bird and butterflyresponses to summer fire: Species- and community-level analyses tell different, yet encouraging stories. Annual Graduate Research Forum, Division of Biology.

• Sullins, D. 2016. Impacts of Conservation Reserve Program grasslands on lesser prairie-chicken populations in the northern extent of their range. Annual Graduate Research Forum, Division of Biology.

February 2016

David Haukos and Clint Boal announced the release of their new book, Ecology and Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens.

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The book is available from CRC Press:

David Haukos and Beth Ross attended the North American Duck Symposium in Annapolis, MD. The following presentations were made:

• Haukos, D. A., J. A. Moon and W. C. Conway 2016. At What Scale Should Mottled Ducks Be Managed? North American Duck Symposium, Annapolis, MD.

• Ross, B. E., D. A. Haukos and P. Walther. 2016. Drivers of Mottled Duck Pairs on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. North American Duck Symposium, Annapolis, MD.

• Moon, J. A., S. J. DeMaso, M. G. Brasher, W. C. Conway and D. A. Haukos. 2016. A Stochastic Model to Simulate Mottled Duck Population Dynamics. North American Duck Symposium, Annapolis, MD.

• Moon, J. A., S. Lehnen, K. Metzger, S. Sesnie, D. A. Haukos, and W. C. Conway. 2016. Integrating Sea-Level Rise and Anthropogenic Change into Mottled Duck Conservation. North American Duck Symposium, Annapolis, MD. (Poster)

• Whitson, M. D., T. V. Riecke, W. C. Conway, D. A. Haukos, J. A. Moon, and P. Walther. 2016. Waterfowl Identification Skills by Duck Hunter on the Upper Texas Coast. North American Duck Symposium, Annapolis, MD. (Poster)

• Whitson, M. D., W. C. Conway, D. A. Haukos and D. P. Collins. 2016. Seed Bank Potential of Moist-soil Managed Fallow Rice Fields on the Upper Texas Coast. North American Duck Symposium, Annapolis, MD. (Poster)

John Kraft, Jonathan Lautenbach, Sarah Ogden and Daniel Sullins attended the Society for Range Management Annual Conference in Corpus Christi, TX. The following presentations were made:

• Kraft, John. 2016. Implications of Pasture Area, Grazing Strategy, and Site on Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat Selection and Vegetation. Society for Range Management Annual Conference, Corpus Christi, TX.

• Lautenbach, Jonathan. 2016. Killing Trees and Maintaining Prairie for Lesser Prairie-Chickens through Patch-Burn Grazing. Society for Range Management Annual Conference, Corpus Christi, TX.

• Ogden, Sarah. 2016. Grassland Bird Community Response to Sericea lespedeza Control Using Fire and Grazing. Society for Range Management Annual Conference, Corpus Christi, TX.

• Sullins, Daniel S. 2016. Lesser Prairie-Chicken Foraging in Native and CRP Grasslands of Kansas and Colorado. Society for Range Management Annual Conference, Corpus Christi, TX.

Thomas Becker, David Haukos, John Kraft, Jonathan Lautenbach, Willow Malone, Kelsey McCullough, Sarah Ogden, and Daniel Sullins attended the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita, KS. The following presentations were made:

• Becker, Thomas. 2016. A Retrospective Surveillance Study of Avian Disease Outbreaks in Kansas. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Kraft, John. 2016. Evaluation of Lesser Prairie-chicken Brood Habitat Selection Across Categorical Habitats. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Kraft, John. 2016. Dynamic Interactions of Conservation Reserve Program, Native Grasslands and Lesser Prairie-chicken Habitat Selection. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Lautenbach, Jonathan. 2016. Using Patch-Burn Grazing to Maintaining Prairie for Lesser Prairie-chickens. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Malone, Willow. 2016. The Influence of Watershed Condition on Avian Use of Dry Playa Wetlands. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• McCullough, Kelsey. 2016. Habitat Characteristics and the Impact of Disturbance Regime on an Imperiled Grassland Butterfly: Re-Thinking Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia) Conservation and Management. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Ogden, Sarah. 2016. Patterns of Butterfly Community Composition in Response to Sericea lespedeza Control Using Fire and Grazing. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Sullins, Daniel. 2016. Available Food and Diets of Lesser Prairie-chickens in Native and CRP Grassland of Kansas and Colorado. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Sullins, Daniel. 2016. Impacts of Conservation Reserve Program Grassland on Lesser Prairie-chicken Populations in the Northern Extent of Their Range. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

January 2016

Jonathan Lautenbach and Sarah Ogden attended the 76th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. The following papers were presented:

• Lautenbach, Jon., Jos. Lautenbach and D. Haukos. 2016. Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat and Movement Response to Patch-Burn Grazing. 76th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

• Ogden, S., D. Haukos, Olson, K.C. and Lemmon, J. 2016. Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat and Movement Response to Patch-Burn Grazing. 76th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

December 2015

November 2015

Willow Malone and Richard Lehrter attended the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas. The following posters were presented:

• Malone, Willow, David A. Haukos and Melinda D. Daniels. 2015. Our Essential Freshwater Source: Estimating the Occurrence and Function of Playa Wetlands in Western Kansas. Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, Manhattan, KS. (poster)

• Lehrter, Richard. 2015. Fish Biodiversity as a Component of Ecosystem Function and Indicator of Environmental Degradation in a Great Plains River. Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, Manhattan, KS. (poster)

October 2015

Samantha Robinson presented her Master's Thesis defense. The title of her thesis was, "Nonbreeding ecology and attributing landscape characteristics to lesser prairie-chicken survival."

Beth Ross attended the Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The following presentation was made:

• Ross, B., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2015. The relative influence of climate variability and landscape change on lesser prairie-chicken populations. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

John Kraft, Willow Malone, Sarah Ogden, Samantha Robinson and Dan Sullins attended the Kansas Ornithological Society meeting in Emporia, Kansas. Five papers were presented. Sarah Ogden won the Celia Markum Award for the Best Student paper titled, "Species-specific responses of grassland birds to sericea lespedeza control using fire and grazing."

September 2015

Samantha Robinson and John Kraft attended the 13th International Grouse Symposium in Reykjavik, Iceland. The following presentations were made:

• Robinson, S., R. Plumb, J. Lautenbach, D. Haukos, C. Hagen,and J. Pitman. 2015. Functional relationships among Lesser Prairie-Chicken survival, habitat type, and landscape fragmentation. 13th International Grouse Symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland.

• Kraft, J., and D. Haukos. 2015. Landscape level habitat selection of female Lesser Prairie-Chickens in western Kansas and eastern Colorado. 13th International Grouse Symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland.

David Haukos, John Kraft, Jonathan Lautenbach, Reid Plumb, Samantha Robinson and Dan Sullins attended the Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri. The following papers were presented:

• Kraft, J.D., J. Lautenbach, D. Haukos, J. Pitman, and C. Hagen. 2015. Female lesser prairie-chicken response to grazing in western Kansas grasslands. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri.

• Lautenbach, J., and D. Haukos. 2015. Effect of pyric herbivory on vegetation composition with management implications for lesser prairie-chickens. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri.

• Plumb, R., J.M. Lautenbach, S.G. Robinson, J.D. Kraft, D. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, J.C. Pitman, C.A. Hagen, and D. Dahlgren. 2015. Lesser prairie-chicken space use response to anthropogenic structures. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri.

• Robinson, S., R.T. Plumb, J.M. Lautenbach, D.S. Sullins, J.D. Kraft, and D.A. Haukos. 2015. Attributing landscape characteristics to lesser prairie-chicken survival in Kansas and Colorado. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri.

• Sullins, D.S., D.A. Haukos, and B.K. Sandercock. 2015. Regional demographic variability for lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri.

Dr. Chris Chambers, Senior Research Fisheries Ecologist at the NOAA Fisheries' Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, Sandy Hook, New Jersey, gave a seminar, "Effects of Elevated CO2 on the Early Life-Stages of Marine Fishes and Potential Consequences of Ocean Acidification" at Kansas State University. Dr. Chambers received his B.Sc. from Kansas State University ('74), his M.Sc. from Texas Tech University, and his Ph.D. from Duke University (Zoology). Students from the Kansas CFWRU were among those in attendance.


(Left to right): Ryland Taylor, Ricky Lehrter, Dr. Chambers, Sean Hitchman