The dances of grassland grouse, from the impressive courtship dance of prairie chicken to the bizarre behaviors of sage-grouse, are known to nature lovers as one of the most impressive wildlife displays in North America.

Sadly, once found throughout North American prairies, these extraordinary birds are now dramatically down in number. One subspecies of prairie chicken, the Heath Hen, has gone extinct in 1932.

The loss of any more of the prairie grouse would be a tragedy, not only because the birds themselves are spectacular creatures with fascinating behaviors, but because their passing would be a sign that the rich tapestry of American grasslands are disappearing as well.