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Vertical Structures Fragment Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat

Learn About Efforts to Link the Habitat Back Together in New Mexico

Scientists researching the population declines of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken say the bird’s habitat has been damaged by the addition of vertical structures and human activity including road-building, oil and gas development, and mesquite and other woody invasives. All of these features lead to habitat fragmentation. Learn more about the bird’s aversion to vertical structures and conservation efforts to link their habitat back together. Listen to the latest episodes of Playa Country, a 4½-minute weekly radio show, to learn more about the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, or visit the Playa Country webpage to learn about other topics.

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