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In March 2015, David Haukos and Kelsey McCullough made presentations at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

In February 2015, John Kraft presented a technical session at the Society for Range Management Association Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California.

In February 2015, Jane Fencl, Kayla Gerber and Robert Mapes attended the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Two presentations were made.

In January 2015, Gene Albanese, Thomas Becker, Kayla Gerber, David Haukos, Sean Hitchman, John Kraft, Jonathan Lautenbach, Richard Lehrter, Willow Malone, Kelsey McCullough, Sarah Ogden, Samantha Robinson, Dan Sullins, and Ryland Taylor attended the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita, Kansas. Five 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 July 1, 2015.

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