Would someone please explain why prairie
chickens are going extinct in Missouri. I understand why their numbers are going
down as the number of habitat areas diminish. But I don't understand why they
are dying out (or are expected to die out) at places like Dunn Ranch and
I have been watching chickens at Taberville for
37 years. During that time, the CA has remained the same size or grown. There
may be more management (i.e. controlled burns, haying, etc.) now than there were
when I started going there, but I assume it is more knowledgeable (and therefore
I do regret that the reclaimed strip mine area
south of Montrose was allowed to go to agriculture instead of being acquired for
chickens. I used to see sizeable flocks (c. 25 birds) there. Now they are gone.
So scratch one area. But why expect them to die out at Taberville?