Meeting Program – Life History and Current Status of Prairie Chicken in KS by Vickie Cikanek
April 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Greater and Lesser Prairie chicken are an iconic symbol of the Kansas prairie. Their mating habits alone make them a must see when visiting the great plains, but there is so much more to their lives than what goes on in the spring. They have been coined by some as umbrella species of the central plains, and it is because of that, there has been a lot of concern over their population statuses across their range over the last 10 years. This program will give more details into all of this and more!
Vickie is currently a District Wildlife Biologist with Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. She spent 4 years working around Wilson Lake and the last 3 years working in the Southern Flint hills. Prior to that, she held several seasonal or temporary field positions doing bird surveys on the Rio Grande in New Mexico, trapping game animals on Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and trapping and tracking Greater Prairie Chicken in the Flint Hills of Kansas. She is originally from northern Delaware. She received he bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Wildlife Biology and worked on her Masters at Fort Hays State University studying Prairie Chicken in the hybrid zone.