Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Week: April 4-12, 2015

prairie chick week 2015

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Summary:

  • Putting for Prairie Chicken Fundraiser in the Houston Zoo: April 4 & 5. Danny Keel of the Houston Zoo made a putting mat in the shape of the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken. Fun for adults and children!
  • April 8 & 10, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Guided Tour: Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Breeding Facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Free. See flyer for details & registration.
  • April 9, 7 p.m.: Lecture – The Attwater’s Prairie Chicken:
    Past, Present and Future at Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center (approximate location for Ed. Center entrance at this link) Free. See flyer for details & registration.
  • April 11 & 12: Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Booming – N –
    Blooming Festival @ Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge.  More information.
  • March – May: Kill an Ant – Save a Prairie Chicken!
    Crowdrise Campaign at http://crowdrise.com/SaveOurChickenS.
    *  The imported red fire ants are non-native and are eating so many of the insects (prairie chicken food) that the baby chicks are starving to death.
    *  $15 will buy enough bait to treat 1 acre. Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Preserve ​is 10,000 acres.

Kill A Fire Ant – Save A Prairie Chicken

Help save the​ extremely endangered Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, unique to Texas & Louisiana, by donating to kill red imported fire ants. A very worthy cause! ​crowdrise.com/SaveOurChickenS

For more info or to donate, click the picture for link to the site

For more info and to donate, click the picture for link to the site

Additional facts:

  • The imported red fire ants are non-native and are eating so many of the insects (prairie chicken food) that the baby chicks are starving to death.
  • $15 will buy enough bait to treat 1 acre. Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Preserve ​is 10,000 acres.
  • ​Current information purports no adverse effects for endemic wildlife; current research also indicates eradicating red imported fire ant leads to higher biodiversity.
  • Partners in the effort to save the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken spread throughout the state and include Houston Zoo, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (near Fort Worth), San Antonio Zoo, Abilene Zoo, Caldwell Zoo (Tyler, Tx)…

See next blog for events of Prairie Chicken Week: April 4 – 12

Events include: Putting for Prairie Chicken Fundraiser at Houston Zoo, Free Tour of Prairie Chicken Breeding Facility at NASA, Free Lecture at Houston Zoo, and Free Booming & Blooming Festival at Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge.