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Prairie chickens to be the topic at PPSOC banquet

Peggy Farrell, Environmental Educator and Outreach Specialist at The University of Wisconsin, will speak at the PPSOC’s annual banquet on Sunday, April 28. Photo supplied
Peggy Farrell, Environmental Educator and Outreach Specialist at The University of Wisconsin, will speak at the PPSOC’s annual banquet on Sunday, April 28. Photo supplied

The Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County’s annual banquet will be held on Sunday, April 28 at the Lorado Taft Field Campus, 1414 N. River Rd., Oregon.

A social hour with book and native plant sales and a silent auction from 5 to 6 p.m. will be followed by a meal (either turkey with the works or vegetarian Moroccan stew) at 6 p.m. and a program at 7 p.m.

The program this year will focus on prairie chickens by Peggy Farrell, Environmental Educator and Outreach Specialist at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. 

She will present photos, facts, stories and videos to tell the status of the protected bird. 

The spring mating ritual, in which the male bird stomps his feet, raises his “ear feathers,” jumps, cackles, and whines, will be described. 

He inflates the bright orange air sacs on the side of his head and calls a low and resonant whoo doo zhoo. 

This annual spring mating ritual, known as “booming,” is an equal treat for the eye and ear. 

Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children. Advance registration is essential. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 815-973-4926 or email lin.vogl@gmail.com.