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A spring dance: Prairie chickens perform annual mating ritual

May 1, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GLYNDON, Minn. What prompts four men to wake up at 4 a.m., drive 30 miles and carry pounds of gear across a frozen prairie in the dark?
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Prairie chickens whoop it up near Crookston

April 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s that time of year again when birding enthusiasts flock to northwest Minnesota to view, photograph and join greater prairie chickens on their “booming grounds” as the birds perform their spring courting ritual. Prairie chicken viewing blinds have been installed in several locations by staff from the DNR area wildlife office at Crookston and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Continue Reading

Spring song may be falling silent on booming grounds

May 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Starting in 1999, prairie chicken researcher Dr. John Toepfer and his assistants trapped prairie chickens from established, native populations in northwestern Minnesota. But the population of prairie chickens never boomed when it should have. Continue Reading