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What is the state of greater prairie chickens in Illinois?

Each April, greater prairie-chicken males go through spring courtship displays at the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area in Jasper County, Ill. (Photo by Michael R. Jeffords)

There is a certain period in the spring when the last frost advisories are announced, Tax Day has passed us by, planting season begins in earnest, and the greater prairie-chicken males begin to reluctantly diminish in their spring courtship displays.
In Illinois, data has shown that female greater prairie-chickens visit the booming grounds in the highest numbers close to the tenth of April, the peak of breeding in our state.

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