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Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR
Southwest Region, February 28, 2007
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By the end of February, about one third of the 121 captive-reared Attwater's prairie chickens (APC) released on the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) last August and September are still alive.  Five birds are missing, however.  Four of the 12 chicks that sucessfully hatched and survived to 6-weeks of age on the refuge last summer are also still alive.  Two chicks (one male and one female) that hatched out on the refuge in 2004 are alive as well.  The males this spring are beginning to perform their annual courtship dance on the refuge. 

Thanks to the Balcones Canyonlands NWR Fire Crew, more than 2,500 acres were prescribed burned on the APC NWR this winter, finishing ahead of schedule and meeting all of the refuge's acreage goals.  Plans are to burn an additional 1,300 acres this summer.

Refuge personnel were successful in removing the refuge's old annex office building this month.  The building was donated to the Lighthouse, a non-profit organization that administers a very successful after-school program for at-risk youth in Eagle Lake.

 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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