Conservation Genetics of Greater Prairie-chickens

Former range of the prairie-chicken (dashed line).  GPC = Greater
prairie-chicken, LPC = Lesser prairie-chicken, APC = Attwater's
Prairie-chickens in Wisconsin went through a population bottleneck in the 1950's.  Today, there are
just 1200 birds left, and they have low levels of genetic variation compared with populations in other states.  

Based on the research of my former graduate students, Jeff Johnson and Renee
Bellinger, the Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus and the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources are
restoring genetic variation in Wisconsin by translocating birds from Minnesota.  

Our next project will be to examine levels of genetic variation before and after the translocations to
gauge its success.

Dr. John Toepfer, Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus Students: