Iliana Peña, director of conservation for Audubon Texas, is concerned about where wind farms are located since habitat destruction is a major threat to gravely endangered lesser prairie chickens.
Each spring diminishing numbers of male lesser prairie chickens gather on traditional dancing grounds, or "leks," on the southern Great Plains. There they perform elaborate displays to attract females. Posturing with feather tufts erect, stamping and rushing and gobbling, the males will even leap several feet ino the air at the peak of their courtship frenzy.
Along the Florida-Georgia border are 80 quail hunting plantations that make up 300,000 acres of accidental nature reserve. Each year scientists and land managers burn tens of thousands of acres and use various other means to mimic natural conditions, preserving a wealth of biodiversity, including the embattled bobwhite quail.
One of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles takes place every autumn as millions of hawks and other soaring birds funnel through Veracruz, Mexico, where a pioneering program aims to keep them flowing for millennia to come.
Although the lovely cotinga ranges from Mexico to Panama, this highly prized and beautiful neotropical bird is rarely seen. Some, in fact, consider it Honduras’ “holy grail.” Between early December and mid-March, however, lovely cotingas are commonly seen around the Lodge at Pico Bonito.