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Donna Zimmerman and Cari Movchan, mother and daughter, haven't really thought
of themselves as "outdoorspeople." So what are they doing out
here before dawn, climbing a ridge south of Mandan?
They've come to watch a dance. Sharptail Grouse - dancing. The males parade
and cavort - you can't suppress the thought, somewhat like humans - to win
a lady's heart. The females will select a mate from these dances, to produce
this year's brood of sharptail chicks.
Cari is doing a report for a class at Bismarck State College. Here original
interest, as she admits, was to get an A. But, both she and Donna were
surprised at what they learned.