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on May 11, 2007 in Wildlife Photography

Attwater's Prairie Chicken – 05.11.07


On my orientation Wednesday morning at the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR, we saw 8 males (pictured here). That’s more than 10% of the wild population! One of the most endangered birds in No America, the wild population is 40-60 birds. Why the range? During my visit, 9 chicks hatched and 4 chicks & 1 hen died. The APC’s story is incredibly complex (much greater than can be blogged) but its status is pretty clear cut. They are on the edge! The staff at the refuge is doing one hell of a remarkable job that literally is 24/7. I’m doing what I can by photographing and telling their story in upcoming articles like that in the next issue of the BT Journal. You can help by Adopt-a-Prairie-Chicken. The captive population needs your funds to continue on with their vital mission, making babies! Twenty-five dollars can feed a chick for a year. If you want to help, send your contribution to:

Wildlife Diversity Branch
Texas Parks and Wildlife
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744

The male in this photograph was on the booming ground this AM along with 2 other males. A female never came in and after a couple of hours, they flew back off into the prairie grasses from where they came, instinct unfulfilled.

Photo captured by D2Xs, 600f4 AFSII on Lexar digital film