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

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

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. October 2019
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. September 2019
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. September 2020
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. January 2020
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. October 2018
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. January 2019