New Book Presents Current Knowledge of Lesser Prairie-Chickens

“The opportunity is before us to make a different future, and untested approaches are in motion. Is it enough of the right actions in the right places to maintain and recover this icon of the Southern Great Plains? The final outcome hinges on our collective will to restore the prairie and the dynamic disturbances that maintain it.”        from Ecology and Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens (2016)

It’s here! The much-anticipated Ecology and Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens has just been released by CRC Press. Edited by Dr. David Haukos and Dr. Clint Boal, the 376-page book synthesizes the current body of knowledge on lesser prairie-chickens, creating an invaluable resource to guide future research, management, and conservation efforts.

9781482240221“This book is the first comprehensive assessment of not only the species status, but also the opportunities and challenges to conserving it,” says LPCI Science Advisor Christian Hagen, who coauthored three chapters.

Hagen is one of thirty-one contributors to the book. Collectively they provide a detailed picture of the species and the complexities surrounding its conservation.

The book’s seventeen chapters explore the history of ecosystem degradation and loss of habitat that contributed to the lesser prairie-chicken’s current situation, its legal status, life cycle, population dynamics, and habitat needs, as well as such emerging issues at the impacts of disease, energy development and climate change.

The final section of the book focuses on conservation and management in each of the four ecoregions the lesser prairie-chicken inhabits in the Southern Great Plains.

Hagen and Dwayne Elmore coauthored the book’s concluding chapter. They note that, with more than 95% of the lesser prairie-chicken habitat in private ownership, conservation hinges on voluntary actions by private individuals.

“The next step in Lesser Prairie-Chicken conservation is a social experiment in which we will endeavor to educate, encourage, and fund landowners to maintain or improve their operations to benefit habitat conditions, quality of life, and ultimately conditions on the landscape for the species,” they write.

For more information about content and coauthors, and to order the book, visit CRC Press.