Lesser Prairie Chicken Preserve, New Mexico
The Lesser Prairie Chicken is adorable, with patterned feathers that would earn raves on Project Runway. It has a flamboyant
love life, too, with males gathering in a mating ground to strut, puff out their chests, and “boom”—expel air from bright
orange air sacs on the sides of their heads. All this is done in hopes of thrilling female prairie chickens.
About 50 miles east of Roswell, New Mexico, the Lesser Prairie Chicken Preserve offers the sand dunes and shinnery oak the chicken loves. The preserve has even made this part of New Mexico a must stop for birders eager to add the species to their life lists.
Join the hosts of bird watchers at the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival in April. For maps and more, contact the BLM’s Pecos office at 2909 W. Second Street, Roswell, NM; (575) 627-0272.