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

Kansas Project


Translocation of the lesser prairie-chicken to the Sand Sagebrush Prairie Ecoregion

September 2016 - May 2021


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

Lesser prairie-chickens are a species of conservation concern due to declining populations and occupied range. Managers are developing strategies, including translocation, to restore populations. Translocation to restore populations is a possible conservation strategy for this species. Assessing the fate and movements of translocated birds is necessary to determine the success of the strategy. This research is a collaborative effort among the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Kansas Parks, Wildlife, and Tourism, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and U.S. Forest Service. Translocated birds have a low initial survival rate and tend to leave release locations, which makes targeted restoration unlikely. However, translocated birds do nest and reproduce providing evidence that the conservation strategy may have merit.

Presentations Presentation Date
Teige, E.C., L.A. Berigan, C.S.H. Aulicky, D.A. Haukos, K. Fricke, K. Schultz, J. Reitz, and L. Rossi. 2019. Assessing a lesser prairie-chicken translocation in the sand sagebrush prairie ecoregion. 33rd Biennial Meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. October 2019
Teige, E., L. Berigan, C. Aulicky, D. Haukos, K. Fricke, K. Schultz, J. Reitz, and L. Rossi. 2020. Where do they go? Lesser prairie-chicken space use following translocation to the Sand Sagebrush Prairie Ecoregion. Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. January 2020
Teige, E., L. Berigan, C. Aulicky, D. Haukos, K. Fricke, J. Reitz, L. Rossi, and K. Schultz. 2020. Assessing the role of translocation in lesser prairie-chicken conservation. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Louisville, Kentucky. September 2020
Teige, E., L. Berigan, C. Aulicky, D. Haukos, K. Fricke, J. Reitz, L. Rossi, and K. Schultz. 2019. A new hope: monitoring the effectiveness of lesser prairie-chicken translocation in the Sand Sagebrush Ecoregion of southwestern Kansas and southeastern Colorado. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Reno, Nevada September 2019