Robert D. Cox

Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Brood Ecology on the Southern High Plains of Texas

SEAFWA Journal Volume 11, March 2024

The lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) has declined precipitously in abundance and currently occupies a substantially reduced portion of its historic range. Within the sand shinnery oak (Quercus havardii) prairies at the southwestern extent of the lesser prairie-chicken’s contemporary range, efforts to conserve the species have been constrained by limited information on how land management practices influence habitat quality, and subsequently, affect lesser prairie-chicken recruitment. From 2008–2011, we captured and radio-tagged hen lesser prairie-...