Chickens of the Prairie / The Story of the Greater Prairie Chicken

© Photographed September 26, 2015
Wisconsin Rapids, Portage County, Wisconsin
44° 20.222′ N, 89° 38.629′ W
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Chickens of the Prairie
The Story of the Greater Prairie Chicken
The scientific name for the Greater Prairie Chicken, Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus, means "drummer of love". When the male is trying to attract a female, he inflates his air sacs and creates a loud booming soung. He also dances, jumps, snaps his rail feathers, and stomps his feet. The scientific name for the Greater Prairie Chicken was likely inspired by the drumming sound of his stomping feet.
The marker is located on eastbound County Highway W, east of its intersection with County Highway F / North 120th Street, near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494.

These markers are also at this location:


The marker is inside this kiosk.



The east (to the right) and south sides of the kiosk.


Looking north at the pullout leading to the marker location.

 Signage leading to the marker location.

The marker is located at the Buena Vista Grasslands 
Prairie Chicken Management Area in Bancroft, Wisconsin.

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