Gunnison Sage-grouse: Newly Designated Species

Gunnison Sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus), Western State College of Colorado Website

Click on the link below for breed characteristics, description of habitat and directions to the Waunita Lek Watchable Wildlife Site near Gunnison, Colorado.  The viewing is only April 2-May 10.

Gunnison Sage-grouse — Western State College of Colorado — for breed characteristics and habitat.

Waunita Lek Viewing site for Gunnison Sage-grouse courting rituals — you must arrive before sundown and have a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp.

I never knew what a lek was until I read up on the grouse.  A lek is a breeding area, a place that males display their feathers, wing beats and air sac thumping — quite similar to teenage rituals at a high school dance.

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5 responses to “Gunnison Sage-grouse: Newly Designated Species

  1. Kittie Howard

    Jack, I hadn’t a clue what a lek was either (except in Macedonian and Bulgarian, lek means medicine.) I chuckled when you compared the ritual to teenagers at a dance…how true it is! Looks like the RSS feed works. I’m still gonna keep 27th Heart on the blogroll, insurance! And, can you believe it, a snow shower this evening! Like you commented on Chris’s blog…those warm Gulf breezes…Have a great weekend! K.

    • Kittie, you know so many languages. Snow shower! Warm Gulf breeze sounds good and would feel good right about now. Glad the RSS feed is working for us. I need to edit some Fine Sentences for us. Maybe I’ll have time this weekend. Oh, Kittie, I am also manually entering your site and a few others to a ping feature on WordPress, so as to make sure we can connect. How is your husband? Hope he is well.

  2. I’ve always enjoyed hearing the thump of the grouse in the fall woods. And man, are they tasty ! Is that unpolitic to say? 🙂

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