US Fish and Wildlife Service Proposed Lesser Prairie-Chicken Listing Decision

The USFWS announced today (https://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/lpc.html) the decision to propose the listing of two distinct population segments (DPS) of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The USFWS proposes to list the Southern DPS as endangered, and the Northern DPS as threatened with a rule issued under ESA section 4(d), providing exceptions […]

WEST Sharp-Tailed Grouse Study

WEST biologists have partnered¬†with Scout Clean Energy and South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks to study sharp-tailed grouse behavior relative to a wind energy facility. The comprehensive study entails capturing sharp-tailed grouse and tracking them via GPS technology for the life of the bird. The grouse will be monitored for three years to estimate survival, […]