Prairie Grouse Research & Management
WEST employees have unmatched experience addressing the ecological issues surrounding prairie grouse throughout their ranges. Our extensive fieldwork with prairie grouse species includes the use of capture-recapture, distance sampling, aerial survey methods, telemetry data collection, resource selection analysis, and remote sensing. We have completed population assessments and risk analyses, developed mitigation and habitat conservation plans, and conducted innovative research to evaluate and minimize impacts to populations from anthropogenic disturbances. WEST has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers on prairie grouse in the scientific literature and has presented at numerous scientific and industry conferences across the U.S.
Because our employees are experts on state conservation plans, management plans, and the regulations that exist throughout the prairie grouse range, they are able to help clients navigate efficiently through these processes. Highlights of WEST’s current work on prairie grouse species include estimating the range-wide population of lesser prairie-chickens, development of the first ever greater sage grouse habitat conservation bank, and leading research on estimating impacts to greater sage grouse from wind energy development.