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UWSP offers prairie chicken watching

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A University of Wisconsin campus will offer bird watchers a chance to observe prairie chickens' mating ritual this spring.

Starting in late March, male prairie chickens try to impress hens by strutting, hopping and making bassoon-like sounds. UW-Stevens Point will set up special blinds on the Buena Vista Marsh, about eight miles south of Stevens Point, in April that will give bird watchers a front-row seat to the ritual. Viewing will begin before dawn and last about two hours.

The state Department of Natural Resources will collect information from observers to help monitor the prairie chicken population. Pre-registration is required. More information is available on the college's web site.

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