– Greater sage grouse from Grand Teton National Park. Photo NPS/C. Adams-
The public is invited to join park rangers on morning tours to watch strutting sage-grouse as they perform their annual mating dance on a historic lek near Mormon Row in Grand National Park Teton. Ranger-led grouse spacer programs will be offered on Saturday April 23, Sunday April 24 and Saturday April 30. Advance reservations are required.
Programs will begin at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Ranger-led grouse strut programs provide a unique opportunity to observe sage grouse congregating and perform male-led mating displays during the breeding season. This behavior occurs each spring, when several males congregate in open areas called leks. During this time, males use their tail feathers and expandable air sacs under the throat to compete with other males for optimal position on the lek and attention from females. Rangers will provide information about sage grouse and ongoing conservation efforts for declining populations across much of the American West.