Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Georgia
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Georgia Project

Landscape Level Population Modeling as a Decision Support Tool for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken

March 2015 - September 2017


Participating Agencies

  • USDOI Fish and Wildlife Service

Under this project, we use spatially explicit population models to characterize the viability of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) under various future conservation scenarios. This modeling effort will provide the prediction of future conditions for the species following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Species Status Assessment framework to support future decisions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) related to drafting recovery criteria, proposing designation of critical habitat, and implementing a range of conservation efforts.

Research Publications Publication Date
Cummings JW, SJ Converse, CT Moore, DR Smith, CT Nichols, NL Allan, and CM O'Meilia. 2017. A projection of lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) populations range-wide. USGS Open File Report 2017-1071. | Download August 2017