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TPW 34: Understanding the Ecology of Lesser Prairie-Chickens...


June 2014 - August 2018


The decline in population size and range of the lesser prairie-chicken throughout its distribution has led to substantive conservation concern. Conservation Reserve Program lands are known to provide habitat for the species at the northern extent of its distribution, but different grass species and weather patterns at the southern extent of the distribution may not provide the same habitat benefits.

Lesser prairie-chickens have been an focus of contentious debate regarding conservation and legal protections, especially in context of the rapid development of energy facilities across their distribution.

We are conducting this research in collaboration with personnel from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Texas Tech University.

If Conservation Reserve Program lands in the southern extent of the species distribution provides satisfactory habitat for the species, it provides additional management options and opportunities for state, federal, and private land and wildlife management entities.

Research Products and Activities


  • Harryman, S.W.H., B.A. Grisham, C.W. Boal, S.S. Kahl, and C.A. Hagen. Movements and Habitat Selection of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Conservation Reserve Program-Dominated Landscapes in the Southern High Plains of Texas. Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, San Antonio, TX. February 2016.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 41

Scientific Publications: 64

Presentations: 159



  • Clint BoalCo-Principal Investigator
  • Sam HarrymanStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Texas Parks and Wildlife
  2. Texas Tech University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute