U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
|Release Date: 04/13/12|
Buffalo Field Office Hosts
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:
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Buffalo Field Office 1425 Fort Street Buffalo, WY 82834
|Last updated: 04-17-2012|
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