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

Kansas Project


Landscape patterns contributing to lek establishment and morphometrics of attending lesser prairie-chickens

September 2017 - December 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 lek locations, establishment, and persistence 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 do join and establish leks. However, leks are associated with quality nesting habitat and relatively high female densities, which are not found at the release sites.

Presentations Presentation Date
Aulicky, C.S.H., and D.A. Haukos. 2019. Not just dusty data: what can we learn from range-wide analyses of lesser prairie-chicken morphology? 33rd Biennial Meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. October 2019
Aulicky, C., and D. Haukos. 2020. What determines lesser prairie-chicken lek persistence? Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. January 2020
Aulicky, C., and D. Haukos. 2020. Lesser prairie-chicken lek formation, lek persistence, and female space use. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Louisville, Kentucky. September 2020
Aulicky, C., and D. Haukos. 2019. Testing the hotspot hypothesis: lesser prairie-chicken lek formation and female space use. Annual Meeting of the American Ornithological Society, Anchorage, Alaska. June 2019
Aulicky, C., and D. Haukos. 2019. Testing the Hotspot Hypothesis: lesser prairie-chicken lek formation and female space use. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Reno, Nevada. September 2019
Aulicky, C., and D. Haukos. 2019. Size matters: effects of climate on lesser prairie-chicken body size. Annual meeting, oSTEM, Detroit, Michigan. Poster November 2019