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May 2017

Joyce Brite received the Administrative Excellence Award from The Wildlife Management Institute.

Daniel S. Sullins presented his Ph.D. Doctoral defense. The title of his dissertation was, "Regional variation in demography, distribution, foraging, and strategic conservation of lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado."

April 2017

Daniel S. Sullins received the Robert J. Robel Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research in Wildlife Biology and Ecology, Division of Biology, KSU.




March 2017

Jonathan Lautenbach presented his Master's Thesis defense. The title of his thesis was, "Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat Selection: the Role of Fire, Microclimate, and Vegetation."

February 2017

David Haukos, Jonathan Lautenbach, Dan Sullins, Alixandra Godar, Adela Annis, Caroline Skidmore, Willow Malone, Sarah Ogden and Chelsea Sink attended the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. The following presentations were made:

• Annis, A. C. and J. J. Fontaine. 2017. Factors Influencing Ring-Necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Nest Survival in Southwest Nebraska. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE.

• Godar, A. J., C. P. Griffin, B. A. Grisham, D. A. Haukos, S. R. Fritts, B. E. Ross, C. W. Boal, C. A. Hagen, M. A. Patten and J. C. Pitman. 2017. Combining Weather Data and Climate Projections: A Case Study with Lesser Prairie-Chickens. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE.

• Haukos, D. A. and G. Albanese. 2017. Use of Network Analysis to Prioritize Conservation of Playa Wetlands Based on Landscape Connectivity. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE.

• Lautenbach, J. D., D. A. Haukos, and B. A. Grisham. 2017. Fried Chicken: Identifying Areas of Thermal Refugia for Lesser Prairie-Chickens in a Changing Climate. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE.

• Malone, W., and D. A. Haukos. 2017. How Playa Wetlands Influence Landscape Biodiversity: Small Depressions with Big Benefits. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE.

• Ogden, S. B., D. A. Haukos, K. C. Olson, J. Alexander and J. Lemmon. 2017. Grassland Bird Response to Season of Burn and Grazing Intensity. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE.

• Sink, C., and D. A. Haukos. 2017. Influence of Raptor Abundance on Female Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat Selection. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE.

• Skidmore, C., and D. A. Haukos. 2017. The Ecology of the Monarch Butterfly Relative to Density, Host Plant Occurrence and Habitat Use in the Flint Hills. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE.

• Sullins, D. S., J. Kraft, D. A. Haukos, and B. K. Sandercock. 2017. Selection and Demographic Consequences for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands for Lesser Prairie Chickens. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE.

January 2017

David Haukos, Dan Sullins, Alixandra Godar, Adela Annis, Caroline Skidmore, Chelsea Sink and Richard Lehrter attended the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita, Kansas. The following presentations were made:

• Sullins, D. S., D. A. Haukos, J. Kraft, J.D. Lautenbach, J. M. Lautenbach, R. T. Plumb, S.R. Robinson, B. Ross, and B.K. Sandercock. 2017. Strategic Regional Conservation for Lesser Prairie-Chickens among Landscapes of Varying Anthropogenic Influence. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Sink, C., and D. A. Haukos. 2017. Influence of Raptor Abundance on Female Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat Selection. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Earl, A., R. M. Mapes, and M.E. Mather. 2017. It's A Fish Eat Fish World - Or Is It? Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS. (Poster).

• Lehrter, R., and M.E. Mather. 2017. Geographic Region, Land use, Flow, and Discontinuities Influence Fish Biodiversity across Regions in a Great Plains Watershed. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS. (Poster).

• Annis, A. C., A. Godar, D. A. Haukos, and J. Prendergast. 2017. Kansas Ring-Necked Pheasant Habitat Use and Survival in Summer Cover Crops. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS. (Poster).

Jonathan Lautenbach and Joseph Lautenbach attended the Society for Range Management Meeting in St. George, Utah. The following presentations were made:

• Lautenbach, Jonathan. 2017. Quantifying Landscape and Vegetative Characteristics of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat during Extreme Temperature Events. Society for Range Management Meeting in St. George, UT.

• Lautenbach, Joseph. 2017. Lesser Prairie-Chicken Avoidance of Trees in a Grassland Landscape. Society for Range Management Meeting in St. George, UT.

Caroline Skidmore won the Robel Scholarship given by the Kansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

December 2016

Sarah Ogden presented her Master's Thesis defense. The title of her thesis was, "Grassland bird and butterfly response to sericea lespedeza control using fire and grazing."

November 2016

Four students presented their Master's Thesis defense.

• John Kraft presented his Master's Thesis, "Vegetation Characteristics and Lesser Prairie Chicken Responses to Land Cover Types and Grazing Management in Western Kansas."

• Willow Malone presented her Master's Thesis, "Biodiversity in Playa Wetlands in Relation to Watershed Disturbance."

• Robert Mapes presented his Master's Thesis, "Young of year largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) relative abundance and diet: role of habitat type, spatial context, and size."

• Kelsey McCullough presented her Master's Thesis, "A multi-scale examination of the distribution and habitat use patterns of the regal fritillary."

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. Dr. Haukos was 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."

The following papers were presented at The Wildlife Society Conference:

• Sullins, D. S., D. A. Haukos. 2016. Lesser Prairie-Chicken Foraging in Native and CRP Grasslands of Kansas and Colorado. The Wildlife Society 23rd Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC.

• McCullough, K. E., G. Albanese, and D. A. Haukos. 2016. Re-Thinking Regal Fritillary Conservation and Management: Habitat Characteristics and the Impact of Disturbance Regime on an Imperiled Grassland Butterfly. The Wildlife Society 23rd Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC.

• Skidmore, C., K.E. McCullough, G. Albanese, and D. A. Haukos. 2016. A Distribution Modeling Approach to Monarch Butterfly Density, Host Plant Occurrence and Preferred Habitat in the Flint Hills. The Wildlife Society 23rd Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC.

• Lautenbach, J., D. A. Haukos, and C. Hagen. 2016. Satisfying the Quilt Work of Habitat Needs of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken: The Role of Patch-Burn Grazing. The Wildlife Society 23rd Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC.

• Kraft, J. D., D. A. Haukos, C. Hagen and J. Pitman. 2016. Are Larger Pastures and Sparser Herds the Way to Manage Grassland Birds? A Case-Study of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. The Wildlife Society 23rd Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC.

• Ogden, S. B., D. A. Haukos, K.C. Olson and J. Alexander. 2016. Birds, Butterflies and Burning: Wildlife Response to Summer Fire Used for Invasive Plant Control in Tall-Grass Prairie. The Wildlife Society 23rd Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC.

Ryland Taylor received Best Science Content Award at the Graduate Students on Parade Forum, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Section, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.

September 2016

Jonathan Lautenbach and Sarah Ogden attended the Kansas Ornithological Society Meeting in Garden City, KS.

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.