Aerial surveys to document Greater Prairie-Chicken population trends

For immediate release:
March 18, 2022


Nadia Reimer CMP®KDWP Head of Public Affairs (785) 338-3036 [email protected]

Bill Van Pelt, WAFWA Grasslands Coordinator (623) 236-7573 [email protected]

EMPORIA – Aerial surveys for small prairie chickens will begin March 23 and continue through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie chicken habitat, including Kansas. Surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and determine how the species is responding to habitat management strategies outlined in the World Wide Conservation Plan. of the Greater Prairie-Chicken range.

Surveys will be conducted by helicopter in randomly selected locations within the small range of the prairie chicken, which in Kansas includes most of the western third of the state. The first results of this year’s surveys will be available around 1 July.

The range-wide conservation plan ( is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and state wildlife agencies Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado. It was developed to ensure the conservation of Greater Greater Prairie-Chicken with the voluntary cooperation of landowners and industry. The plan allows agricultural producers and industry to continue operations while reducing impacts on the bird and its grassland habitat.

To learn more about prairie chickens in Kansas, visit

To view the Lesser Prairie Chicken range-wide conservation plan in detail, visit


Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40% of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of western scientists, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for western wildlife information and analysis. WAFWA supports sound resource management and the creation of partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.

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