Dwayne Elmore, a professor at Oklahoma State University, will be speaking Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Martin Park Nature Center in Oklahoma City on the status of the state’s lesser prairie chicken population.
The lecture is free to the public.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this fall may recommend that lesser prairie chickens be listed for federal protection either as a threatened or endangered species.
The birds’ habitat on the Oklahoma prairie continues to shrink along with their population. Only 2,000 to 3,000 lesser prairie chickens now remain in northwest Oklahoma, according to state wildlife officials.
The Martin Park Nature Center is located at 5000 W. Memorial Road and serves as an educational facility, recreational area and wildlife sanctuary.
On 144 acres, the park is home to many species of birds and other animals. The park also has more than three miles of hiking trails for public use.