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Environment
1:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Oklahoma Pipeline Company Seeks To Protect Prairie Chicken

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The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is partnering with a private oil and gas pipeline company to help protect the habitat of the Lesser Prairie Chicken.

The association announced on Tuesday its plans to work with OklahomaCity-based Access Midstream Partners.

The plan calls for Access Midstream to donate funds that will be used to provide incentives to landowners to preserve the bird's habitat in western Oklahoma.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:23 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lesser Prairie Chicken Peep Show: In The Field With Oklahoma’s ‘Threatened’ Bird

A group of bird watchers at the Selman Ranch, which hosts the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival in northwest Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Betsy Searight and her husband John drove from all the way from New Jersey for this opportunity: Wake up at 4 a.m., huddle against the cold, and sit silently and motionless for hours hoping to watch a Lesser Prairie Chicken peep show.

After a long fight between Oklahoma and the U.S. government, the Lesser Prairie Chicken goes on the federal threatened species list later this month.

To find out how the listing will affect Oklahoma and why the bird is worth protecting, we took a trip to the High Plains of northwestern Oklahoma.

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Environment
11:40 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers

A male lesser prairie chicken in the Texas Panhandle. The bird's entire habitat includes parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Jon McRoberts AP

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:29 pm

It's prairie chicken mating season!

Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.

But after they were recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. government, complaints of federal overreach and lawsuits have followed.

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Environment
9:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Inhofe, Lucas, Fallin Not Pleased With Prairie Chicken Move

The Lesser Prairie Chicken
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Oklahoma politicians have been quick to respond to news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.

The Obama administration announced Thursday it is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species. The move could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in Oklahoma and four other central and southwestern states.

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Environment
12:55 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Declining Prairie Chicken Population Further ‘Decimated’ By Drought

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The declining population of lesser prairie chickens has been an issue for years. It was during the 1990s — and another drought — that the species was first proposed for federal protection.

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Endangered Species
8:46 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Woodward Meeting To Consider Threatened Listing For Bird

The lesser prairie chicken.
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 The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is hosting a meeting for landowners and others concerned about the status of the lesser prairie chicken.

The meeting next week in Woodward is to look at how Oklahoma would respond to the federal government's plan to list the bird as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a conservation strategy for the bird's habitat in Oklahoma.

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