Parts of the prairies of the Northland are alive with colorful birds displaying in an annual ritual that pits males against each other in battle for attention of the females. They’ll dance and spar, cluck and boom-the latter activity that gives the dancing ground the nickname “Booming” ground, or “lek”. The booming noise comes from inflatable air sacs that expand from each side of the male prairie chicken’s neck. The bright orange sacs give a bright splash of color as the birds bounce back and forth on the lek, defending their carved out territory in the short grass. To learn more about this unique bird that once blanketed the region, listen to this podcast with Brian Winter, the president of the MN Prairie Chicken Society.
Northland Outdoors Radio is heard on 24 stations across the Northland and then available here as a podcast.Each week there are three segments, click below to listen to the first two segments from this show that originally aired on 4/16/16.
Click here to listen to segment 1: Turkey hunting tips with Greg Kaiser and “More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About: Prairie Chickens”
Click here to listen to segment 3: Eileen Hanson from the National Eagle Center