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All About The Prairie Grouse. Prairie grouse are some of the most fascinating birds in North America.  Each species has a unique and complex breeding ritual that occurs on common breeding grounds called leks, featuring dancing, displays and vocalizations. Unfortunately some species of Prairie Grouse are becoming very rare, and are even candidates for the Endangered Species List.  As with most imperiled species, hunting isn't the culprit, but rather habitat loss.
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What Are Grouse?

Grouse are a family of game birds related to pheasants, partridge and chickens. They are distinguished by their feathered legs and feet, and lack spurs. The Gunnison sage grouse, greater sage grouse and lesser prairie chicken are on a list of species that may be placed on the Endangered Species List.

Greater Prairie Chicken

Larger and darker colored, found in 10 states generally farther north and into Canada. Their neck sacs during breeding are orange, and vocalizations are deeper pitched described as "booming".

Greater Prairie Chicken
 
 
  Where Do Prairie Grouse Live?   Habitat Restoration.  

Where do Grouse Live?

Sage Grouse (Greater and Gunnisons) are dependent on sage brush complexes, but sage is disappearing as a result of a number of factors including development and grazing.  Additionally, the large low flying birds have a tendency to die from impacts with wire fences as they fly a few feet above the ground.

The Lesser Prairie Chicken is in a similar situation, dependent on sandy sage and shinnery oak prairie from Texas and New Mexico up to Kansas and Colorado.  Many speculate that 2012 could be the last hunting season for these birds as listing on the Endangered Species List appears imminent.

Habitat Restoration

While there are some small organizations committed to prairie grouse, they lack the following of some of the more popular game species.  However, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, the Mule Deer Foundation, and other organizations have joined an effort with the North American Grouse Partnership, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to protect and restore the habitats that benefit prairie grouse, and at the same time benefit pheasants, quail, and mule deer.

Hunters have led the way protecting critical habitat for grouse, but now more than ever we have to increase our efforts or risk losing these spectacular game birds.

 
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