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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
 
Release Date: 04/13/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    
  307-261-7603    

Buffalo Field Office Hosts
Lek Viewing Field Trip for Residents of Veteran's Home of Wyoming


On Thursday, April 5, a dozen residents of the Veteran’s Home of Wyoming in Buffalo rose before dawn hoping their early wake-up call would reward them with a chance to see the mating display of the greater sage-grouse.

The Veteran’s home bus rolled through the parking lot of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office at 5:30 a.m., picking up wildlife biologist Scott Jawors and recreation planner Allison Barnes.

The group traveled east toward Tipperary road in the darkness, wondering if the timing would be right to catch this impressive act. The three males on the lek did not disappoint the group. After inching quietly down the side of the road, the group stopped and rolled the windows down to take in the relative silence of a Wyoming daybreak.

After a few moments an animated boom traveled through the morning twilight, like the sound of a rock breaking through the surface of water. The head of a nearby hen rose in what seemed like a well-timed response. A slight cheer erupted on the bus.

The group watched and listened for another half hour. One of the veterans marveled “Isn’t that just something?”

“We witnessed one of the small but seemingly miraculous events that happen daily across our Western landscapes, and I was glad that the mystery could be shared across the generations,” noted Barnes.

Contact the Buffalo Field Office at (307) 684-1122 for more information about scheduling a lek viewing field trip.

The Buffalo Field Office takes school and public groups to the Wyoming Game and Fish public viewing leks Christian I & II. The tours take place late in the lekking season when the younger males get a chance to strut after the dominant males have already bred most of the hens.

BLM follows the Wyoming Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan recommendations on how to minimize viewing disturbance to the grouse that include:

  • Arrive at lek sites at least one hour before sunrise.
  • Don’t drive onto the lek. Park away from the edge of the lek.
  • Turn off the vehicle lights and engine.
  • Use binoculars and spotting scopes to observe birds.
  • Stay in your vehicle.
  • Do not make loud noises or sudden movements.
  • Do not leave until the birds do.
  • Keep pets in your vehicle. Better yet, leave them home.
  • Do not trespass on private land.
  • Postpone your visit if roads are muddy.
  • For more information on lek viewing go to:
    http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/wildlife-1000382.aspx and look under most requested documents.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 04-17-2012