Corvids are often implicated as nest predators, especially for species living in open habitats such as prairie grouse
(Bui et al.
Avoidance behavior by prairie grouse
: implications for development of wind energy.
We were searching for prairie grouse
in the hills and gullies along a big river, and a little buck took off running.
* Texas senators want less protection for the Lesser Prairie Chicken (Houston Chronicle): "The prairie grouse
may be 'lesser,' but that certainly doesn't make it any less important to the senators from Texas.
Runia says hunters harvested about 175,000 prairie grouse
in the mid-'70s, but only about 40,000 birds last year.
Current inventory and monitoring projects include: raptor nest surveys, raptor habitat use, prairie grouse
habitat and population surveys, butterfly surveys, rare plant surveys, fish surveys, development of conservation assessments and strategies, prairie dog and small mammal surveys, western prairie fringed orchid monitoring, development of a rare plant habitat model, floristic quality assessments, and general vegetation mapping.
Similarly, Sharptailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus), Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus), and Prairie Grouse
(Tympanuchus cupido) in North America showed synchronous [sim]10-yr cycles (Keith 1963).
from the genus Tympanuchus are thought to have poor dispersal abilities (Braun et ai, 1994).
Anyone watching this gun dog at work would quickly understand why this breed has been, still is, and will be so popular with hunters who appreciate high style combined with an intense bird finding ability on anything from ruffed grouse and woodcock to prairie grouse
, all species of quail, and, of course, ringneck pheasants.
2001: Predation and the management of prairie grouse
.--Wildlife Society Bulletin 29: 24-32.
DISCUSSION--Excessive grazing by livestock often has been suggested as a possible cause for declines in populations of prairie grouse
, including lesser prairie-chickens (Jackson and DeArment, 1963; Johnsgard, 2002; Silvy et al., 2004), but no study has established a correlation between overgrazing and these declines in southeastern New Mexico.
If Obama's plans proceed, prairie grouse
will continue in lose critical habitat.