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Range-wide Population Estimation and Monitoring for Lesser Prairie-Chickens: Sampling Design and Pilot Implementation

Dates

Start Date
2011-08-03
End Date
2012-09-30
Start Date
2011-08-03 05:00:00
End Date
2012-09-30 05:00:00

Citation

William (Bill) E. Van Pelt(Principal Investigator), James (Jim) C. Pitman(Cooperator/Partner), Sean C. Kyle(Cooperator/Partner), David Klute(Cooperator/Partner), Grant Beauprez(Cooperator/Partner), Doug D. Schoeling(Cooperator/Partner), Michael (Mike) E. Houts(Cooperator/Partner), Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), 2011-08-03(Start), 2012-09-30(End), Range-wide Population Estimation and Monitoring for Lesser Prairie-Chickens: Sampling Design and Pilot Implementation

Summary

Within the five states of its range (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado), the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus, LEPC) remains present on sand sagebrush (Artemesia filifolia), mixed- and short- grass prairies of western Kansas and eastern Colorado, through portions of northwest Oklahoma, the northeast Texas panhandle, and into the shinnery oak (Quercus havardii) and sand sagebrush habitat of eastern New Mexico and western Texas. Agencies in these states monitor LEPC breeding populations annually within the known occupied range of the species, however, monitoring efforts have differed markedly among agencies and inferences have been made about populations using a variety of methods. This variation in [...]

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Purpose

We fulfilled three objectives with this project: 1) The LPCIWG will work with a contracted biometrician to develop a range-wide aerial survey methodology that will be implementable by all 5 states; 2) The states will test the survey methodology for applicability and costs; and 3) Development of cost estimates for implementing a range-wide survey effort will be determined.

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projectProducts
productDescriptionReport and spatially explicit Lesser Prairie-chicken detections and monitoring grid.
statusDelivered
projectStatusCompleted

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annualBudgets
year2011
fundingSources
amount320255.0
recipientWestern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
sourceU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
totalFunds320255.0
totalFunds320255.0

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