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of birds. And Slautterback ran one of the
most effective vermin-control programs
in the country.
But in the end, fire and a lack of genetic
diversity - not predators - would finish
off heath hens on Martha's Vineyard,
although it is likely "Booming Ben" - the
last heath hen to exist on the island - was
taken by a predator.

PRAIRIE CHICKENS

Today, ornithologists tend to refer to
Pennsylvania's "heath hens" as greater
prairie-chickens.
It's a distinction that has been in place
for at least 30 years, and probably longer.
Check 1985's Species of Special Concern in Pennsylvania, 1992's Atlas of
Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania or 2000's

The Birds of Pennsylvania; all refer to the
birds as greater prairie-chickens.
It's also possible the last heath hens
on the American mainland weren't heath
hens.
There are reports that greater prairiechickens were trapped in western states
and released in eastern states to replenish
extirpated heath-hen populations.
John C. Phillips, formerly with the
Bureau of Biological Survey, wrote of
such undertakings in his 1928 Wild Birds
Introduced or Transplanted in North
America.
He reported some prairie chickens
were brought to New Jersey as early as
1852. Another account has this occurring on the Keyport, N.J. farm of Charles
Fletcher.

At left, the heath hen exhibit at
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural
History. In the black-and-white photograph,
one of the last heath hens documented
on Martha's Vineyard. It bears striking
resemblance to the Western prairie
chicken, below, photographed in Colorado.

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