Listed below are a few of the national efforts the refuge is involved in but check the Events Calendar for more details on the exciting programs, tours, talks and walks that are regularly scheduled.
The Attwater's Prairie Chicken Festival: Held in April, the festival gives visitors the opportunity to watch the endangered Attwater's Prairie Chicken booming to attract mates, to see the wildflowers in bloom, and to take guided tours of the refuge. National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration: Celebrate your National Wildlife Refuge System! A week of fun wildlife-related tours, talks and walks. This event is typically held the second full week of October. Check back to this page or the Events Calendar for details.Christmas Bird Count: From mid-December into January thousands of volunteers across the country take part in this popular citizen-science program! Join the effort at the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge. Call to find out details, dates and volunteer opportunities. International Migratory Bird Day: On the second Saturday of May
Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge participates in this international day of celebrating migratory birds. The education program highlights the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. National Public Lands Day (NPLD): The nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. NPLD is typically held on the last Saturday in September but check back for details. This popular event is a great volunteer opportunity and a fun way you can help
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More than a century ago, up to one million Attwater’s prairie-chickens graced the coastal prairies of Texas and Louisiana. Each spring, males gathered to perform an elaborate courtship ritual. They inflated their yellow air sacs and emitted a strange, booming sound across a sea of grasses.