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1 July 2010 Sound Intensity of Booming in Lesser Prairie-Chickens
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Wildlife managers traditionally monitored lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) populations using road-based lek surveys and assumed booming can be heard ≥1.6 km from a lek. To assess this assumption, we measured sound intensity (decibels) of booming lesser prairie-chickens. Our results indicated sound intensity 1.6 km from a lek would be less than or equal to the sound intensity of a whisper. Thus, 1.6 km is probably too great a distance for audible detection of booming in many conditions.

Matthew J. Butler, Warren B. Ballard, R. Douglas Holt, and Heather A. Whitlaw "Sound Intensity of Booming in Lesser Prairie-Chickens," Journal of Wildlife Management 74(5), 1160-1162, (1 July 2010). https://doi.org/10.2193/2009-423
Published: 1 July 2010
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