Slideshow: Sounds of the prairie
It's all about listening, and lots of practice has allowed Dave Trauba to discern the sounds of prairie chickens from the many other bird songs of the spring mating season. The research requires that he rise early on work days that will be long, but Trauba said he has never regretted getting up. The pleasure of hearing and seeing the spring prairie come to life makes it all worthwhile. (Photos and audio by Tom Cherveny. Editing by Garret Felder.)
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