CRAIG, Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife along with partner Conservation Colorado will lead public tours to view greater sage-grouse in northwest Colorado, from March 28 through April 7.
"If you are a dedicated bird watcher, sage-grouse mating is certainly one for your life-list," said Watchable Wildlife Coordinator Trina Romero, of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "But even a casual wildlife watcher will be in awe of this beautiful display."
Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a spot, visit: http://conservationco.org/2013/02/sage-grouse-tours/
For thousands of years, sage-grouse have returned to their traditional breeding grounds, called leks, to perform a dramatic and complex dance as they compete for mates.
Watching male sage-grouse spread their spiked tail feathers and pop their large air sacs is a visual treat for birdwatchers. Hundreds from across the world visit Colorado every year to observe the mating display in person.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides a viewing trailer for the guided tour so that people can sit inside and not disturb the grouse on the lek.
"It's a responsible way to observe lekking behavior, and I highly recommend it," said Romero. "Ethical wildlife viewing, especially of a sensitive species, should be a priority for all wildlife viewers."
For dates, times, reservations and further information, visit: http://conservationco.org/2013/02/sage-grouse-tours/.
And, tolearn more about greater sage-grouse, visit: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Research/Birds/GreaterSageGrouse/Pages/GreaterSageGrouseStudies.aspx