Science Research

Photo courtesy of Blake Grisham

Photo courtesy of Blake Grisham

LPCI-funded science ensures that we’re doing enough of the right things in the right places to achieve our conservation goals.

Using a range of scientific tools, from GIS to detailed field studies, these studies help ensure that LPCI conservation investments are strategically placed in the areas likely to have the greatest benefit for the species. These scientific evaluations also help partners refine management techniques for improving lesser prairie-chicken habitat.

Science is the cornerstone of LPCI and other NRCS Landscape Conservation Initiatives, ensuring that we are doing enough of the right things in the right places to achieve our conservation goals.

Science to Solutions papers

Our Science to Solutions series explains new science research directly related to lesser prairie-chickens and summarizes the implications for management. Visit our Resources page to view and download our Science to Solutions papers.

On-going Research

Below is a list of some of the lesser prairie-chicken research projects underway (or recently completed). Funding partners include LPCI; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT); Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department (CPWD); CEAP Farm Service Agency (FSA); and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

  • Annual and Seasonal Survival of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Kansas and Colorado [KDWPT, LPCI, CPWD]
  • Habitat Selection and Survival for Nests of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Kansas and Colorado [KDWPT, LPCI, CPWD]
  • Habitat Selection and Survival for Broods of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Kansas and Colorado [KDWPT, LPCI, CPWD]
  • Annual and Seasonal Home Range of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Kansas and Colorado [KDWPT, LPCI, CPWD]
  • Annual and Seasonal Movements of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Kansas and Colorado [KDWPT, LPCI, CPWD]
  • The Response by Lesser Prairie-Chickens to Anthropogenic Structures [KDWPT, LPCI]
  • Lesser Prairie-Chicken Response to Trees in a Grassland Landscape [KDWPT, LPCI]
  • Occupancy and Seasonal Abundance of Potential Predators of Lesser Prairie-Chickens [KDWPT, LPCI]
  • Lesser Prairie-Chicken Response to Different Intensities of Livestock Grazing [LPCI, KDWPT]
  • Effects of Patch Burning on Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat Use [LPCI, KDWPT]
  • The Influence of Landscape Microclimate on Lesser Prairie-Chicken Space Use [LPCI, KDWPT]
  • Population Genetics, Including Hybridization, of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Kansas and Colorado [KDWPT, LPCI, CPWD]
  • Patterns Associated with Fence Collisions by Lesser Prairie-Chickens [LPCI, KDWPT]
  • Landscape Design to Maximize Population Growth of Lesser Prairie-Chickens [LPCI, KDWPT]
  • An Integrated Population Model for Lesser Prairie-Chickens [FSA, LPCI, KDWPT]
  • Resource Selection by Lesser Prairie-Chickens [LPCI, KDWPT, CWPD]
  • Patterns of Habitat Use During Dispersal by Lesser Prairie-Chickens [KDWPT, LPCI]
  • Understanding the Ecology of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Conservation Reserve Program Dominated Landscapes in Texas [Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, LPCI]