Photo: Lesser Prairie-Chicken

"A smaller, paler version of the Greater Prairie-Chicken, the Lesser Prairie-Chicken is now found only in restricted areas of five states in the southern Great Plains." Learn more about this and other birds at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds website. Photo courtesy of Noppadol Paothong.

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Tools

The Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) has been involved in creating several maps and decision support tools to help with efforts to conserve the Lesser Prairie-Chicken.

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Occupied Range Map

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Current RangeThe Lesser Prairie-Chicken Interstate Working Group maintains a map of the estimated occupied range of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. It incorporates information regarding both lek and movement locations of the species across the range.

The group — comprised of biologists from each of the five state wildlife agencies within the species’ range (Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies — updates the range boundary as new information from lek surveys are completed. To view the updated range boundary, download the map or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Calls

Each month, PLJV hosts a Lesser Prairie-Chicken phone meeting to facilitate communication about state and regional efforts to conserve this species. The meeting is held the third full week of the month and lasts about an hour. Agenda items are solicited before each meeting. Although each state is responsible for working within their own boundaries, we all need to know and understand what is happening across the region in order to successfully work together and create a win for this bird. If you’d like to participate in the calls, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , PLJV Conservation Policy Director, and request to be added to the mailing list.