Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge

Sealy, Texas

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The bird for which this refuge was named, a subspecies of the Greater Prairie-Chicken found in the upper Midwest, once inhabited a substantial range in the coastal prairie of Texas and Louisiana. Cattle grazing and conversion to cropland destroyed or altered nearly all the native coastal prairie- it’s estimated that less than 1 percent remains in a natural state. As the habitat disappeared, so did the prairie-chicken. A type of grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken is known for its low, “booming ” call notes and, especially, for the male’s “dancing ” courtship ritual. (Some American Indian dances are believed to have been inspired by the foot-stomping performance of grouse.)
Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

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Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

by Mel White (Falcon Guides)

The bird for which this refuge was named, a subspecies of the Greater Prairie-Chicken found in the upper Midwest, once inhabited a substantial range in the coastal prairie of Texas and Louisiana.

Cattle grazing and conversion to cropland destroyed or altered nearly all the native coastal prairie- it’s estimated that less than 1 percent remains in a natural state. As the habitat disappeared, so did the prairie-chicken. A type of grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken is known for its low, “booming ” call notes and, especially, for the male’s “dancing ” courtship ritual. (Some American Indian dances are believed to have been inspired by the foot-stomping performance of grouse.)

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Sealy
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round; best in spring, fall also good
Driving Directions: Directions to Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge

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