We’ve been raising these adorable chicks for the past few months, and for some of them, they’ve already gotten big enough to be ready to start their life in the wild.
In the picture below, you can see the same bird on 4/22 and on 7/16. This juvenile looks a lot like a fully grown Attwater’s prairie chicken (APC), but is about 2/3 the size of an adult.
We have released 37 chicks so far in three release events since June and are looking forward to another release coming up next week, followed by at least two more releases in August!
We’ll keep an eye on these guys individually as they grow in the wild by recording their actions through radio collars and fancy foot jewelry (identification tags).
We wish them a great life in their natural habitat in the wild, and hope they feel comfortable enough to have some chicks of their own!