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    Black-capped Vireo

    Photo courtesy Fish and Wildlife Service

Conserving grasslands of the southern Great Plains

Formal Title: A Conservation Framework for Priority Species of Grassland-Shrublands of the Southern Great Plains

Research Focus: Grasslands-shrublands prairie in Oklahoma and Texas; black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla)

Conservation & Management Challenges:

Grassland-shrubland prairie has been important to the livelihoods of generations of ranchers; to the hunting community because of prized game species; and to endangered species, such as the black-capped vireo, as habitat. In the past, the interests of ranchers, hunters, and endangered species have come into conflict because of increasing pressures on the prairie from land use conversion, new development, and habitat fragmentation. Greater collaboration in advancing mutual interests would greatly expand and improve Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative partners’ efforts to conserve the remaining prairie habitats of the southern Great Plains.

Research Overview:

Developing this science is a priority for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The project involves developing Best Management Practices for land managers and private landowners in southwestern Oklahoma and central Texas to conserve grassland-shrublands prairie habitat, benefitting LCC focal species, such as the endangered black-capped vireo, other songbirds such as the painted bunting and Bell’s vireo, and many game species such as turkey and white-tailed deer. The project also will provide direction for future monitoring, research, and broader dissemination of information to land managers and landowners. This project complements another Gulf Coast Prairie LCC project related to the development of a computer modeling tool that will help partners identify the most important areas to protect and restore.


Access Conservation Framework project reports on ScienceBase


The 2-year project was initiated in 2012 and completed in December 2014. It was funded by the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative.


Principal Investigator: Michael Morrison, Texas A&M University, 212 Nagle Hall, 2258 TAMU, College Stations, TX 77843-2258

Landscape Conservation Cooperative Point-of-Contact: Bill Bartush, Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative, National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506

For more information, visit the Gulf Coast Prairie LCC.

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