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Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek and the Joy of Prairie Birding

April 21, 2019 @ 4:00 am 4:00 pm

Join us for an opportunity to witness sharp-tailed grouse dancing on a Colorado lek. We will listen and scope view from a county road at dawn using our cars as a blind.  Low light, sun glare and distance from the lek make difficult conditions for photography but satisfactory personal viewing. After dawn, we bird the adjoining grasslands for prairie birds such as Chestnut-collared and McGown’s longspurs and Mountain Plovers before making our way south to Denver.   We will visit wetlands and ponds for water birds and migrating songbirds. We may find a lunch stop on the homeward trek, but packing edibles for breakfast and lunch is a good idea.

Meeting Time & Place: 4AM April 21 at the Roadway Inn, Exit 370 from I-80, Cheyenne, WY, 82009, (307) 635-7799

Leaders: Mackenzie Goldthwait, Doug Kibbe

Registration required: $25/Friends member, $30/non-member

Note! The Roadway Inn in Cheyenne, Wyoming is a two-hour drive from Denver: take I-25 north to Cheyenne then go east on I-80 to Exit 370. Leaders intend to stay Saturday night at the Roadway Inn for the early morning meeting. It is an additional hour’s drive to the lek! The leaders will be willing to carpool/caravan up to Cheyenne across the Pawnee National Grassland on Saturday afternoon if you contact us. Alternatively, you may meet us for dinner if you plan stay in Cheyenne Saturday night. If you have questions or desire to join the Saturday caravan, call or email Doug Kibbe dpkibbe@msn.com (303.910.9476). Carpooling is encouraged.