BGSU student Sam Rubadue holds a prairie chicken. Behind him is Reid Plumb of the USGS Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit.
SAVING THE PRAIRIE CHICKEN
GREGORY AND STUDENTS STUDY HABITAT
Research being conducted by a BGSU environmental science faculty member could someday benefit the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, which was recently listed as an
endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
|Monitoring sound levels at a pumping station
In April, Dr. Andrew Gregory, School of Earth, Environment and Society, and three of his students traveled to Gove County, Kansas, where they trapped 80
prairie chickens, collected DNA samples and hung GPS backpacks on the birds before releasing them back into the wild. Gregory is working with Kansas
Wildlife Parks and Tourism and the U.S. Geologic Survey Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Unit, on a study to see how energy development
impacts wildlife populations.
"For many years we have noted avoidance of pumping stations by Lesser Prairie-Chickens. While many theories exist, we have never truly been able to
understand why," Gregory said.