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Attwater Prairie Chicken Numbers Rising at the APC NWR and Elsewhere
Southwest Region, April 30, 2011
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The official estimated wild Attwater's prairie chicken (APC) numbers for 2011 is 110 birds (82 at the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), two at the Texas City Prairie Preserve (TCPP), and 26 on private lands in Goliad County, Texas). This year's numbers reflect a 22% increase compared to last year's numbers and the highest annual population estimate since 1994 when 158 birds were estimated.

By the end of April, 20 APC nests at APC NWR were located and each secured with a predator deterrent fence. The potential for an additional 10 hens nesting this year could materialize by mid-May. Plans are to not so intensely manage the broods this spring since 10 of 16 hens were successful raising chicks on their own last year.  By the end of the month, three nests hatched on the refuge.  Production at all APC captive breeding facilities is in full swing with the first chicks hatching during the third week in April.

Contact Info: Terry Rossignol, (979)234-3021, ext. 13, terry_rossignol@fws.gov
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