Reconstruction of landscape composition and vegetation characteristics in the Sand Sagebrush Prairie Ecoregion
September 2020 - August 2023
Historically, the Sand Sagebrush Prairie Ecoregion supported the greatest density of lesser prairie-chickens. Currently, the species is nearly extirpated from the ecoregion. Potential reasons for the rapid population decline include changes in land cover, vegetation composition, and vegetation structure. We will use historical vegetation data to detail potential changes in habitat quality, which may explain the population decline.