Conservation, Habitat Use, and Genetic Diversity of a Translocated Population of Greater Prairie-chickens in Iowa


Project Goals and Objectives:

  • Evaluate the genetic diversity of the existing small population of greater prairie‐chickens in Iowa and examine the effects on genetic diversity of supplementing the current population with translocated birds.
  • Develop a habitat suitability model and examine habitat use for greater prairie‐chickens in Iowa. We will use current satellite landcover data along with local scale habitat data to develop a habitat suitability model for greater prairie‐chickens in Iowa.

This project was completed by Jennifer Vogel and Diane Debinski as the Principal Investigators and Stephanie Shepherd, a collaborator from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. To read more about this project, click here.