A Prairie Chicken’s Surprising Adventure

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Much to the surprise of the scientists who tagged her, a prairie chicken traveled over 11 hundred miles this summer.

Much to the surprise of the scientists who tagged her, a prairie chicken traveled over 11 hundred miles this summer.

They said they were expecting more around a 50-mile distance.

While the prairie chicken could have almost traveled from her home base near Kellerton, Iowa to Las Vegas, she simply flew in circles.

The researchers who’ve been tracking her have no idea why, but if a guess had to be ventured, it’s that she was looking for a suitable environment to live in.

Bird No. 112, the official name of the distance flyer, is one of 10 chickens imported from Nebraska and outfitted with a tracker as part of an effort to repopulate Iowa and Missouri with them.

Once plentiful, they’ve mostly disappeared from the states as a result of overhunting and habitat loss.

The Iowa State University scientists are trying to determine the best location to reintroduce the fowl.

Sadly, the adventures of Bird No. 112 are all they have to go on at this point as one of the others ditched its GPS early on and the rest became prey to predators.

They did note that she’s been fairly dormant lately, having seemingly found an Iowa home.

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