Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens fight for dominance and position at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. Though fights are common, the birds are seldom injured. The strongest males usually end up in the center of the booming ground, displaying and squabbling constantly with other males in case a female flies in to select a mate.
White tailed-hawks are normal parts of the prairie ecosystem, but when shrinking habitat leaves endangered birds like the Attwater’s prairie chicken no place to hide, predation becomes a problem. The McCartney rose bush underneath its nest is a woody, exotic species that threatens the prairie itself.