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March 1, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. | By: Lawrence
The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Nature Conservancy will offer the public a chance to watch prairie chickens at the Dunn Ranch in Harrison County. Dunn Ranch provides eight viewing spots per morning, including a viewing blind on a lek, or booming ground.
Media Specialist for the MDC Bill Graham says prairies chickens are endangered in the state of Missouri. Graham adds people can view the prairie chickens at sunrise when male chickens do a courtship dance.
While there is no fee, advanced registration for viewing is required. To minimize disturbance to the prairie chickens, visiting the blind and booming grounds without a guide is not allowed. Limited spots for viewing from a blind will be open Thursday through Sunday, from March 30 to April 23.
To register for a viewing, contact MDC's Northwest Regional Office in St. Joseph by calling 816-271-3100.