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Public Invited to Watch Prairie Chicken Dance

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    April 28, 2014 | 3:21 pm
    KELLERTON, Iowa (AP) - People are invited to south-central Iowa on Saturday to watch prairie chickens dance about in a courtship ritual.

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the Annual Prairie Chicken Festival will start before dawn Saturday at the Grand River Grassland Bird Conservation Area. A wildlife viewing platform is available at the site, just southwest of Kellerton.

    The DNR will provide spotting scopes and binoculars as well as coffee for early risers who can watch the birds as they dance and make booming noises. The action will end around 9:30 a.m.

    Prairie chickens had been absent from the area since the 1950s but in recent years were reintroduced to the region.