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Refuge 'boomer blind' available

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A prairie chicken viewing blind is available to the public on Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge. From the blind, observers can see the spectacular annual mating ritual of the Greater Prairie Chicken, in an activity known as "booming". This primitive ceremony pits bird against bird as male chickens stake out territory to attract hens for mating. The most dominate and aggressive males will hold the center of the "booming ground", which is called a lek.

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