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26th annual Attwater Prairie Chicken Fest Mar. 28-29

March 11, 2020 - 00:00
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  • 26th annual Attwater Prairie Chicken Fest Mar. 28-29
    Courtesy | Atwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge Atwater prairie chicken male displaying.

The Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) and Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge (Friends) welcome all to the 26th Annual Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Festival - a “Booming-N-Blooming” event - on the weekend of Mar. 28 - 29, from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

In addition to the packed activities at the Refuge, this year the Festival will offer off-site guided bird tours at two wildlife areas on Eagle Lake. This will provide visitors an opportunity to further explore the diversity ofthe City of Eagle Lake, and learn about birds of non-prairie habitats.

Enjoy wide open skies above 10,000+ acres of managed coastal prairies and see Texas’s only endangered endemic bird, the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. Watch this critically endangered bird “boom,” or perform its unique spring courtship dance comprised of feet stomping, head shaking, orange sacs inflating, and the resonating, guttural “booming” sounds. Last year’s count indicated 108 birds in the wild at the two locations where there are managed recovery efforts. Learn what is being done to save our endangered Texas bird - the Attwater’s prairie-chicken.

Festival activities begin at 7 a.m. both days, with visitors being escorted to the Attwater’s prairie-chicken’s “booming grounds” in refuge areas not otherwise open to public access. Other events include performances by Native American Dancers, guided van tours of the Refuge, bird identification walks, and native plants identification. Conservation partners will be around all weekend to provide one-on-one discussions and hands-on learning in our Discovery stations and Kids Corner. The winning entries from the Friends Student Art Contest will be on display. On Sunday, Mar. 29, Houston Audubon Society’s Education Department will bring raptors, or birds of prey, for visitors to see up close, learn about, and enjoy.

The 26th Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Festival, “Booming-N-Blooming” event celebrates the advent of spring, with the booming of the Attwater’s prairie-chickens and the blooming of Texas wildflowers on the prairies. The bluebonnets should be in bloom – as evidenced by the seedlings that have already started to grow!

Entrance to the Refuge is free year-round, and this festival and all activities are free. Merchandise and food will be available for purchase.

For more information, please email festival@ attwater.org or call the Refuge main line at (979) 234-3021.