grassland birds http://hppr.org en Grassland Bird: Mountain Plover http://hppr.org/post/grassland-bird-mountain-plover-0 <p></p><p> The Mountain Plover is a shorebird that spends little time on the beach and lives on the open Plains and nowhere near mountains.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 34028 at http://hppr.org Grassland Bird: Mountain Plover Grassland Birds: Greater Prairie-Chicken http://hppr.org/post/grassland-birds-greater-prairie-chicken <p></p><p>A grouse of the open grassland, the Greater Prairie-Chicken is known for its mating dance, performed by males on flat display sites on shortgrass prairie called leks. Their range extends from northern Oklahoma through the Flinthills and northern Kansas, and on north through the centers of Nebraska and the Dakotas. Sarah Sortum and her brother found their way back to the family ranch in the central Nebraska sandhills by starting an eco-tourism business, allowing bird watchers to see the chicken in its mixed-grass home.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 24070 at http://hppr.org Grassland Birds: Greater Prairie-Chicken Grassland Birds: Ferruginous Hawk http://hppr.org/post/grassland-birds-ferruginous-hawk <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Ferruginous is North America's largest hawk. Its habitat includes grasslands, deserts, and other open areas with isolated shrubs or trees where less than 50 percent of the land is under cultivation. The raptor preys on small mammals, many of which would be considered pests to ranchers. Its favorite meal is the prairie dog; a depopulation of the prairie dog on the High Plains has negatively impacted this hawk's numbers.</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 24061 at http://hppr.org Grassland Birds: Ferruginous Hawk Grassland Birds: Sandhill Cranes http://hppr.org/post/grassland-birds-sandhill-cranes <p></p><p>The Sandhill Crane is a tall gray bird of open grasslands, meadows and wetlands. The most numerous crane species in the world, this bird congregates in huge numbers during migration between wintering grounds in the Southwest and its breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Eastern Asia.</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 24062 at http://hppr.org Grassland Birds: Sandhill Cranes Grassland Birds: Overview http://hppr.org/post/grassland-birds-overview <p></p><p>They're not sport birds, but they are important to the ecological balance of range land. We look at the lives and habitats of the birds, and how conservation initiatives like Conservation Reserve Program helps these species.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 18732 at http://hppr.org Grassland Birds: Overview Grassland Bird: Mountain Plover http://hppr.org/post/grassland-bird-mountain-plover <p></p><p>The Mountain Plover is a shorebird that spends little time on the beach and lives on the open Plains and nowhere near mountains. Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory offers financial incentives to farmers of the southwest Nebraska panhandle to till around their nests - which often are in crop fields. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 19533 at http://hppr.org Grassland Bird: Mountain Plover Grassland Bird: Burrowing Owl http://hppr.org/post/grassland-bird-burrowing-owl <p></p><p>The Burrowing Owl is North America's only raptor that nests below ground. This bird's fate is tied to that of the prairie dog, and dog populations are in sharp decline.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 19149 at http://hppr.org Grassland Bird: Burrowing Owl