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A male greater prairie chicken performs at the Bluestem Prairie in an attempt to attract females. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer

Flight Lines: Wildlife spectacle of prairie chickens just a quick phone call away

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Right off the top of my head, I can think of five avian species that have become extinct north of Mexico since Europeans first stepped ashore in the New World. One is known by nearly everyone and became the storied, yet chilling, icon representing just what we as a people are capable of - the passenger pigeon. The other four are less known and numbered far fewer individuals to begin with.

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