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RiffTrax Takes On Prairie Chickens

RiffTrax (some of the dudes who were part of Mystery Science Theater 3000) have added their special brand of humor to an Attwater’s Prairie Chicken short. I must admit that I bristled a bit when I saw this. I mean, it’s one thing for them to make fun of shorts that warned of the dangers [...]

Best Bird Festival Idea Ever

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I have to say, that I enjoy attending bird festivals and events in general (I must, I go to more in a year, than most birders will in a lifetime). But, I was really struck by the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival in Woodward, OK. Because the festival wasn’t just about seeing the festival bird, [...]

Oklahoma Porcupines


One of the fun things about the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival that I attended in Oklahoma was the opportunity to see an area owned by The Nature Conservancy normally closed to the public called Four Canyon Preserve. It wasn’t very bird–the top of the canyons were so windy, you could barely hear any song, [...]

Other Oklahoma Birds Besides Prairie Chickens


For the record, I did see other birds besides lesser prairie chickens in Oklahoma. As a matter of fact, while I was focused on a pair of male chickens in the middle of a stare down, a yellow blur moved in front of them. I adjusted the focus of my scope to reveal a [...]

Lesser Prairie Chicken aka Jets vs Sharks


I’m wrapping up my time in Oklahoma. The Leks, Treks, and More lesser prairie chicken festival is still going on with a cool post tour to Black Mesa, but I have to return to the Twin Cities to do some park rangerin’ tomorrow. The festival had birding trips surrounded the Woodward area, but the [...]

Lesser Prairie Chicken Attempts At Mating

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This has been a very popular video at the Leks, Treks, and More Festival in Woodward, OK. It’s a video from the lesser prairie chicken lek. I female has found a male she likes and attempts to mate with him. The other males in the lek are not happy about this.

Random Monday Sparrow


I have to say that I’m having a heck of a time here in Oklahoma. Yesterday, at least three vehicles got stuck in muddy roads during field trips (no worries, vehicles were saved and participants still got to see some great birds). But you know it’s a great adventerous festival with gorgeous [...]

Quick & Dirty Post From Oklahoma


First, Penn Jillette has a segment on called Penn Says. This time he’s talking beekeeping and Mr. Neil and I are referenced in it (Mr. Neil more so than me), but still super cool to hear someone in the mainstream talking about a subject I love.

There’s really nothing quite like sitting in [...]