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Welcome to the updated Research Unit website. Feel free to look around the site and see all the new additions it has to offer.


In February 2016, David Haukos and Beth Ross attended the North American Duck Symposium in Annapolis, Maryland. Six presentations were made.

In February 2016, David Haukos and Clint Boal announced the release of their new book, Ecology and Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens.

In February 2016, John Kraft, Jonathan Lautenbach, Sarah Ogden and Daniel Sullins attended the Society for Range Management Annual Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas. Four presentations were made.

In February 2016, 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, Kansas. Nine presentations were made.

In January 2016, Jonathan Lautenbach and Sarah Ogden attended the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Two presentations were made.

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 August 25, 2016.

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