Papers in the Biological Sciences


Date of this Version

December 2000


Published in The Nebraska Bird Review 68:4 (2000), pp. 179–184. Used by permission of the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union, Inc.


An analysis of the distribution of 104 Greater Prairie-chicken leks in Pawnee and Johnson counties indicates that the birds favor using those mile-square sections having no more than two dwellings per section, ones that are located at least two miles from the nearest town, and at least a half-mile from the nearest lek. Relationships with the nearest water were not clear, but most leks were located at least a half-mile from it, perhaps reflecting a general avoidance of heavy cover during the display season.

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