Prairie bird numbers decline due to drought in South Dakota
August 13, 2017
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Weather, one of every hunter's most-fickle mistresses, has been particularly unkind to South Dakota this year.
A dry, warm spring, followed by a hot and even-drier summer has kept the grass from growing to it's full potential, the Capital Journal reported . The flowers, shrubs and clovers that dot the grassland also have suffered from the lack of rain. And, by anecdotal accounts anyway, there are fewer insects on the landscape.
Extreme heat, extreme dryness, grass that's too short and a lack of bugs all conspire to make being a baby grouse a losing proposition. With to...