Book on Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens Released

A new volume of Studies in Avian Biology synthesizes the current body of knowledge on Lesser Prairie-Chicken, providing a valuable resource for future research and conservation efforts. The book, Ecology and Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens, was edited by David Haukos and Clint Boal and includes a chapter coauthored by PLJV’s Conservation Science Director Anne Bartuszevige and GIS Director Alex Daniels. The chapter describes what is known about the impacts of energy development and other landscape-scale land use changes on Lesser Prairie-Chicken populations.

The book, which includes contributions from 31 leading authorities in Great Plains wildlife biology and ecology, explores how Lesser Prairie-Chickens became threatened by environmental degradation, loss of habitat, and human-caused ecosystem deterioration; reviews the life history, genetics, and ecology of the species; and presents research on the impacts of disease, energy development and climate change. The final section focuses on conservation and management in the four ecoregions the bird inhabits: grasslands, sand sagebrush prairie, mixed-grass prairie and sand shinnery oak prairie. For more information and to order the book, visit CRC Press.

Posted: February 29, 2016