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., and D. Haukos. 2019. Size matters: effects of climate on lesser prairie-chicken body size. Annual meeting, oSTEM, Detroit, Michigan. Poster 2019-11-15
Aulicky, C., and D. Haukos. 2018. Testing the hotspot hypothesis: lesser prairie-chickens lek formation and female space use. International Grouse Symposium, Logan, Utah. 2018-09-24
Aulicky, C., and D. Haukos. 2018. What can we learn from morphology? A study of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) in Kansas. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2018-02-08
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. 2019-09-30
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. 2019-06-14
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. 2020-09-30
Aulicky, C., and D. Haukos. 2020. What determines lesser prairie-chicken lek persistence? Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2020-01-31
Aulicky, C., and D.A. Haukos. 2019. Testing the hotspot hypothesis: lesser prairie-chicken lek formation and female space use. Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2019-01-31
Aulicky, C., D. Haukos, and K. Fricke. 2018. Not just dusty data: What can we learn from range-wide analyses of lesser prairie-chicken morphology?Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Cleveland, Ohio. 2018-10-06
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. 2019-10-01