39 greater prairie chickens join Missouri nature preserve
EAGLEVILLE (AP) - A northwest Missouri nature preserve has added another 39 greater prairie chickens to its flock.
Last week's release brings the number of birds relocated to the Dunn Ranch Prairie to 79. The 3,200-acre Nature Conservancy property is located about 90 minutes north of Kansas City.
Greater prairie chickens prefer to breed and nest on prairies. But their numbers have shrank as they tallgrass prairie they call home has shrank. The birds are designated as endangered in Missouri.
The relocated birds come from Nebraska, where they are more plentiful.
Conservancy site manager Randy Arndt says the birds are rebounding at the ranch, which contains the largest expanse of unplowed prairie in northern Missouri. Controlled burns and bison grazing have been used to restore the site.