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

Kansas Project


Spatial ecology and resource selection by female lesser prairie-chickens within their home ranges and during dispersal

September 2016 - September 2019


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Pheasants Forever

Lesser prairie-chickens are sensitive to disturbances on the landscape - especially grazing and fire. Understanding the response of lesser prairie-chickens to a variety of grazing and prescribed fire practices are important for conservation planning.
Prescribed fire and grazing management are critical tools for managing lesser prairie-chickens. Landowners might be able to use these tools for management of lesser prairie-chicken populations. 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 do benefit from heterogeneity of vegetation created by patch-burn grazing. Grazing intensity influences habitat selection by lesser prairie-chickens.

Presentations Presentation Date
Gulick, C., and D. Haukos. 2018. Spatial patterns of lesser prairie-chickens in response to different disturbance regimes. International Grouse Symposium, Logan, Utah. 2018-09-24
Gulick, C., and D.A. Haukos. 2018. Factors affecting habitat availability for lesser prairie-chickens across different land management regimes. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2018-02-08
Gulick, C., and D.A. Haukos. 2019. Influence of grassland management systems on fine-scale distribution of lesser prairie-chickens and their habitat. Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2019-02-06
Gulick, C., and D.A. Haukos. 2019. Influence of landscape features on female lesser prairie-chicken dispersal routes. Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2019-01-31
Gulick, C., D. Haukos, and J. Lautenbach. 2018. Effect of grazing management systems on space use by cattle and lesser prairie-chickens. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Cleveland, Ohio. 2018-10-08
Gulick, C., J. Lautenbach, and D.A. Haukos. 2017. Space use by cattle, and its cascading effects on lesser prairie-chicken habitat selection. Annual conference of The Wildlife Society, Albuquerque, NM. 2017-09-21
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Gulick, C. 2019. Spatial ecology and resource selection by female lesser prairie-chickens within their home ranges and during dispersal. Thesis, Kansas State University. 2019-08-31