attwater prairie chicken national wildlife refuge

Mating Season Is Underway for Attwater Prairie Chickens. Just Don’t Call Them “Boomers.”

March 29, 2023 | By Pam LeBlanc

In a grassy field near Goliad dotted with cow patties, eight football-size birds waggle their tails, inflate mango-colored pouches on their necks, stamp their feet, and emit a forlorn “woo-woo-woo.”
These male Attwater prairie chickens (also spelled as Attwater’s prairie chicken) hope their flashy “booming” display will impress the hens.

Booming N Blooming Festival at the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge

March 10, 2015 | By

The Booming N Blooming Festival at the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge in Eagle Lake offers the chance to observe the unusual courtship ritual of Attwater’s prairie chickens in their native coastal prairie habitat.

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