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November 27, 2014
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The cane


Last night, Sam saw a male performing his spiraling courtship dance in the field at the edge of the woods. In these spectacular displays, males spiral upwards with whistling wings to heights of up to 200 feet, circle, then plummet back down to earth. The male makes a chirping sound during the spiraling descent. Males are said to repeat this act over and over until after dark—all to impress an audience of females waiting in the underbrush.

Happy spring!