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Only 42 of these endangered ground-dwelling birds remained in the wilds of Texas. Then Harvey hit.

Only 42 of these endangered ground-dwelling birds remained in the wilds of Texas. Then Harvey hit.

A newly hatched Attwater's prairie chicken USFWS Hurricane Harvey ripped through the Houston area two weeks ago, devastating entire communities and killing at least 70 people . The unprecedented hurricane wrought an enormous amount of human suffering, the extent of which we may not know for some time, if ever. The region’s biodiversity may have taken a hit as well. An hour’s drive southwest of Houston is the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge , home to the last 42 of these birds known to exist in the wild. Prairie chickens, which are noted for their elaborate mating dances, are small and nest on the ground. When a storm poured 8 to 12 inches of rain on their habitat last year, it nearly washed them off the face of the earth. For comparison, in some areas of Texas, Harvey dumped more than 51 inches of rain —the highest rainfall total of any storm in the histo...

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