National Wildlife Refuges work closely with other researchers, Universities and science-based organizations interested in supporting the agency’s wildlife conservation mission.

The following are some of the recent research projects conducted on the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge.


  • Impacts of invasive red imported fire ants on insects used as food for Attwater's prairie-chicken chicks (partners include Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension, Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus, Central LifeSciences, The Nature Conservancy)
  • Assessment of Attwater's prairie-chicken immunology and survival as a function of genetics (University of North Texas)
  • Assessment of Attwater's prairie-chicken feather and blood isotopes as a function of diet pre- and post-release (Texas A&M University)
  • Importance of insects to Attwater's prairie-chicken brood survival
  • Assessment of Attwater's prairie-chicken post-release survival and reproduction
  • Assessment of grazing on insect abundance
  • Comparison of nutrient qualities of prairie-chicken eggs reared in wild and captive environments (partnered with Mazuri Exotic Animal Nutrition)


For more information on this research or to receive a copy, please contact the refuge.