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New Mexico Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Attends Lesser Prairie-Chicken Interstate Working Group Annual Meeting November 1, 2006
Southwest Region, November 1, 2006
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The New Mexico Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program staff, in the New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office, attended the annual meeting of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Interstate Working Group on November 1, 2006, in Woodward, Oklahoma.  Presentations concerning the status of the bird, a candidate for Federal listing, were made by the five State agencies that manage the species (Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas).  Populations appear to be increasing in New Mexico and Kansas, and steady to declining in the other three states.  Kansas has observed a marked increase in nesting in US Department of Agriculture Conservation Reserve Program fields.  The Oklahoma Ecological Services Field Office presented activities in all states that are benefiting the lesser prairie-chicken.  The meeting was attended by staff from the Fish and Wildlife Service, 5 state wildlife agencies, Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Defense, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Grasslans Conservation Foundation, and Sutton Avian Research Center.  Approximately 40 people attended.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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