Battle on the Booming Grounds

Female Greater Prairie Chicken. Photo credit: Tim Barksdale

Female Greater Prairie Chicken. Photo by Tim Barksdale

Back in 2007, Tim Barksdale, an American wildlife cinematographer, started shooting footage of Greater Prairie Chickens. He recently joined forces with birder Christian Hagenlocher, as Birdman Productions, to develop a television series about the birds for PBS.

The series is entitled Battle on the Booming Grounds and it’s a one-hour film about the Greater Prairie Chicken. Battle on the Booming Grounds hopes to educate and inspire audiences about conservation issues surrounding the Greater Prairie Chicken and the need to preserve the native American prairie.

Tim and Christian filmed the birds and other footage in various locations around the states of Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

The film is now in post-production and is in need of funding to help with editing, graphic design, music composition, and studio fees. The funding goal is $30,000, and if that goal is met, stretch goals will be started with additional perks.

If you’re interested, you can support Battle on the Booming Grounds by donating to the Indiegogo campaign here. By donating, you can receive some great perks, including bookmarks, limited edition PRBY Apparel “Adventures with Birdman” Prairie Chicken shirts, signed copies of “Save the Last Dance” by Noppadol Paothong and Joel M. Vance, and more.

You can also show your support by sharing the campaign on Facebook and Twitter. You can “like” “Adventures with Birdman” on Facebook for updates and view Tim’s beautiful photos of Prairie Chickens.

And here’s also a very timely article from The New York Times about the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken.

Male Greater Prairie Chicken. Photo credit: Tim Barksdale

Male Greater Prairie Chicken. Photo by Tim Barksdale

Male Greater Prairie Chickens confront. Photo credit: Tim Barksdale

Male Greater Prairie Chickens confront. Photo by Tim Barksdale

Here is the Indiegogo campaign video,

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