Welcome to the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit website. Here you can explore the history and mission of the Unit as well as what is currently happening within the Unit. This site is updated regularly, so be sure to check the Unit News, Current Projects, and Completed Projects pages for the latest information.
The agreement establishing the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 1991 stated that the purpose was to:
"provide for active cooperation in the advancement, organization, and conduct of fish and wildlife research, graduate education, in- service training, technical assistance, public relations, and demonstration programs."
Attention Lesser Prairie-Chicken Landowners!
September 29 - October 3, 2019, Dr. David Haukos, Dr. Dan Sullins, Dr. Bram Verheijen, graduate students Jackie Gehrt, Alix Godar, Carly Aulicky, Liam Berigan, Talesha Karish, Maureen Kinlan, Mitchell Kern, Elli Teige, Nick Parker, recent graduate Addie Annis, and undergrad Blair Pfeifer attended The Wildlife Society's 2019 Conference in Reno, Nevada which was held jointly with the American Fisheries Society for the first time. 9 Presentations were made, 2 posters exhibited.
July 26, 2019, Chris Gulick presented his Master’s thesis on Effects of working grassland management on lesser prairie-chicken resource selection within home ranges and during dispersal events.
July 10, 2019, we had our annual Coordinating Committee Meeting at the K-State Alumni Center:
- Carly Aulicky, Ph.D. student, and Liam Berigan, M.S. student, both on the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Translocation to the Sand Sagebrush Ecoregion project, were presented the Outstanding Unit Student Award for 2019.
November 27, 2018, Adela Annis presented her Master’s thesis on Ring-necked pheasant survival, nest habitat use, and predator occupancy in Kansas spring cover crops.
October 7 - 11, 2018, David Haukos, Dan Sullins, Bram Verheijen, Adela Annis, Chris Gulick, Alix Godar, Carly Aulicky, Liam Berigan, Talesha Karish, Maureen Kinlan, Jackie Gehrt, Mitchell Kern, and several previous members of the Unit attended The Wildlife Society's 25th Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. 8 Presentations were made, 3 posters exhibited.
August 14, 2018, we had a successful Coordinating Committee Meeting at the K-State Alumni Center:
- Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit 2018 Biennial Report
Two new projects were approved: Evaluating Black Rail Habitat Availability, Occupancy Probability, and Response to Wetland Management Practices in Kansas (with E. Webb, MOCFWRU) and Response of Greater Prairie-Chickens to Military Operations on Fort Riley.
- Chris Gulick, M.S. student on the Use of Grazing Management and Prescribed Fire for Conservation of Lesser Prairie Chickens project, was presented the Outstanding Unit Student Award for 2018.
- Keith Sexson, Assistant Secretary for Wildlife, Fisheries, and Boating for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), was presented with a retirement gift.
September 23 - 27, 2017, David Haukos, Dan Sullins, Jonathan Lautenbach, Bram Verheijen, Adela Annis, Alix Godar, Chris Gulick, and Caroline Skidmore attended The Wildlife Society's 24th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nine presentations were made.