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Return of Prairie Chickens Hailed in Midwest

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Return of Prairie Chickens Hailed in Midwest

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Return of Prairie Chickens Hailed in Midwest

Return of Prairie Chickens Hailed in Midwest

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The mating ritual of the greater prairie chicken throughout the Midwest is a remarkable sight with unusual sounds, called "booming." In Missouri, efforts to restore native habitat are also helping restore the population of the grouse-like bird.

The state lists them as endangered; their numbers have dwindled from several thousand to less than 500 in the last 15 years. Conservationists are calling the renewed success of the birds a marker of their success in restoring overgrazed land.