From Xplor for Kids
March 2020 Issue

What Is It?

  • We gather to dance at a place called the lek.
  • I puff up my eyebrows and the sacs on my neck.
  • I boom, stomp, and shake to beat all the rest.
  • And prove to the girls that I am the best.

From March through May, greater prairie-chickens do a mating dance. They gather at dawn on open prairie areas called leks. There, the boys puff up their orange eye combs and the air sacs on their necks. These inflated air sacs allow them to make deep booming sounds. They stomp, shake their wings, and chase each other, sometimes striking with their wings, feet, and beaks. The best, most experienced fighters usually win favor with the girls. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.

Looking for more ways to have fun outside? Find out about Discover Nature programs in your area at mdc.mo.gov/events.

Also in this issue

Trout

Let's Go Fly-Fishing!

But first, check out this mini field guide to fooling fish with fake flies.

Ducks

Marsh Madness

Which critter will win this battle in the bulrushes?

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This Issue's Staff:

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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