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

Kansas Project


Lesser prairie-chicken and grassland response to intensive wildfire in the mixed-grass prairie

August 2017 - September 2020


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • LPCI
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

The occurrence of wide-spread, intensive wildfires is increasing in the range of the lesser prairie-chicken. These fires may affect population demography of lesser prairie-chickens. Documenting the population response to intensive wildfires is important for developing conservation strategies. Mitigation of wildfire effects can be developed once effects are measured. This research is a collaborative effort among the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, and NRCS Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative. Lesser prairie-chickens avoid areas affected by wildlife for at least 3 years post-fire. However, annual survival and nest success are not affected.

Presentations Presentation Date
Parker, N.J., D.S. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, K.A. Fricke, and C.A. Hagen. 2019. Lesser prairie-chicken and grassland response following intense wildfire in Kansas. 33rd Biennial Meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. 2019-10-01
Parker, N.J., D.S. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, K.A. Fricke, and C.A. Hagen. 2019. Rising from the ashes? Lesser prairie-chicken and grassland response to intense wildfire in Kansas. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Reno, Nevada. 2019-09-30
Parker, N.J., D.S. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, K.A. Fricke, and C.A. Hagen. 2020. Effects of a megafire on lesser prairie-chickens in the mixed-grass prairie. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Louisville, Kentucky. 2020-09-30
Parker, N.J., D.S. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, K.A. Fricke, and C.A. Hagen. 2020. Influence of a megafire on lesser prairie-chicken habitat use and quality in the Mixed-Grass Prairie. Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2020-01-31
Sirch, M., D.S. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, and J.D. Kraft. 2018. Lesser prairie-chicken response to intensive wildfire: one year post wildfire. Annual Meeting of the Kansas Ornithological Society, Lawrence, Kansas. 2018-10-07
Sirch, M.S., D.S. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, and J. Kraft. 2019. Influence of burn severity on tree mortality and lesser prairie-chicken habitat in the mixed-grass prairie. Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2019-01-31