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"Tom, where can I go watch sage grouse on their strutting grounds this spring?"

Each spring, male sage grouse perform an elaborate sunrise display on communal breeding grounds known as “leks” or strutting grounds. Leks are often located in open areas where the males can be better seen and heard by females. The dramatic display makes viewing sage grouse a popular recreational activity in March and April across much of Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently updated its lek viewing guide to help birders find accessible leks around the state and minimize viewing disturbance to the grouse. The guide and associated maps can be viewed or downloaded from the Game and Fish Sage Grouse Lek Viewing Guide.

I hope you enjoy this fascinating experience. Please do so respecting the grouse and their habitat.

Tom Christiansen
Sage Grouse Program Coordinator

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