The elusive, shy prairie-chicken is one symbol of the prairie that is in trouble.
Known as an indicator species, if you have lots of prairie-chickens, then the prairie is in good shape—and the opposite is true. Lesser prairie-chicken, the slightly smaller cousin to the greater prairie-chicken, can only be found in five states: Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. Following the original petition to list in 1995, lesser prairie-chickens were listed in 2014 as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit challenging the listing ended in a judge vacating the decision in 2015. Another petition for listing was received in 2016, with a finding anticipated in mid-May 2021.
So what does the future hold for this charismatic bird? Join us for a conversation with experts and prairie-chicken lovers to talk through what can be done to help the lesser prairie-chicken. Whether you are a bird-watcher hoping to catch a glimpse for your life list, a rancher wondering what the listing decision means for your operation, or a concerned nature lover, this webinar is for you. Register now.
- Matt Bain, The Nature Conservancy
- Tish McDaniel, Range & Wildlife Conservation Biologist and Co-coordinator of High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival
- Chris O'Meilia, US Fish & Wildlife Service
- Betty Williamson, New Mexico Landowner & Co-cordinator of High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival
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