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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: RANGELAND RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT

Location: Range and Meadow Forage Management Research

Title: Looking toward a brighter future for lekking grouse)

Author
item Boyd, Chad
item Petersen, Stephen
item Gilgert, Wendell
item Rodgers, Randy
item Fuhlendorf, Sam
item Larsen, Randy
item Wolfe, Don
item Jensen, K.c.
item Gonzales, Phil
item Nenneman, Melvin
item Danvir, Rick
item Dahlgren, David
item Messmer, Terry

Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/24/2011
Publication Date: 12/1/2011
Citation: Boyd, C.S., Petersen, S., Gilgert, W., Rodgers, R., Fuhlendorf, S., Larsen, R., Wolfe, D., Jensen, K., Gonzales, P., Nenneman, M., Danvir, R., Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T. 2011. Looking toward a brighter future for lekking grouse. Rangelands. 33(6):2-11. doi: 10.2111/1551-501X-33.6.2.

Interpretive Summary: The current range of lekking birds, including greater sage-grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie chickens and lesser prairie chickens, covers most of the rangeland in the western and central United States as well as portions southern Canada; while all of these species are experiencing generalized population declines within this range, contemporary literature has emphasized the depth of these declines rather than discuss proactive solutions to the problem. Here we present a synopsis of a symposium that focuses on successful or promising management strategies and researchers who are making positive strides in increasing our knowledge of lekking birds and their habitats. Results of this symposium suggest that management of lekking bird habitat can be improved by creating the species-specific habitat heterogeneity needed to compliment all seasonal habitat needs. Managing lekking bird habitat using the principle of heterogeneity will allow practitioners to tailor general habitat requirements to the unique environmental conditions present on lands within the management purview.

Technical Abstract: The current range of lekking birds, including greater sage-grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie chickens and lesser prairie chickens, covers most of the rangeland in the western and central United States as well as portions southern Canada. All of these species are experiencing generalized population declines within their range and contemporary literature has emphazsized the depth of these declines rather than discuss proactive solutions. Here we present a synopsis of a symposium that focuses on successful or promising management strategies and researchers who are making positive strides in increasing our knowledge of lekking birds and their habitats.

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