Sage grouse viewing tours start March 28

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Conservation Colorado, along with partners Rocky Mountain Wild, The Wilderness Society and Friends of Northwest Colorado, are offering an opportunity to get a look at mating greater sage grouse during guided viewing tours in Northwest Colorado from March 28 through April 13.

For thousands of years, sage grouse have returned to their traditional breeding grounds — called leks — to perform a dramatic and complex dance as they compete for mates. Watching male sage grouse spread their spiked tail feathers and pop their large air sacs is a treat for birdwatchers or any wildlife enthusiast.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides a viewing trailer for the guided tour so people can sit inside and not disturb the grouse on the lek.

The public is reminded that the locations are remote and primitive. Parents with young children or anyone with special needs are asked to inquire about accommodations by contacting Sasha Nelson at sasha@conservationco.org.


Anyone interested in watching one of the most interesting and visual mating rituals is encouraged to sign up for the guided tour because space is limited.

For dates, times, information and to reserve your spot, visit www.conservationco.org and click on “Sage Grouse Tours.”

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Fred Duckels 9 months, 1 week ago

With maybe a little politics thrown in, I suspect that this is the main impetus behind this charade as zealots spew their wisdom;.

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cindy constantine 9 months, 1 week ago

Fred,

Have you been on a grouse tour? Fun and fascinating during their mating season. Don't want to weigh in on the "political" aspects, but highly recommend the tour. We went with a retired doc in Craig and plan on doing it again!

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mark hartless 9 months, 1 week ago

Fred is, of course, exactly right.

Watching paint dry would be about as interesting, but this certainly breeds support for shutting down drilling in these areas.

Too bad. I'm sure those wildlife viewers would have rather walked in to see the grouse than ride in vehicles poowered by the energy under the grouse's "lek"...

Lek??? Yeah, right...

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mark hartless 9 months, 1 week ago

And how the hell do the writers of this flap know how the grouse mated thousands of years ago??

They might have "did it" on top of teepee's for all these "einsteins" know...

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cindy constantine 9 months, 1 week ago

Mark---you are really a weenie . . . .didn't you eat your cheerios this a.m.??

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mark hartless 9 months, 1 week ago

Cindy,

I'm simply pointing out the hypocricy of taking a gas BURNING vehicle ride out to see an animal that's being used by religious environmentalists to squelch oil and gas PRODUCTION.

I am also merely suggesting that, when the writer states that: "For thousands of years, sage grouse have returned to their traditional breeding grounds — called leks — to perform a dramatic and complex dance as they compete for mates." they have absolutely no way of knowing exactly how the Sage Grouse mated "thousands of years ago". It is simply a tug at people's heart strings- and attempt to suggest that everything associated with the "ritual" is somehow "sacred" and should be given priority over any new activity, ie drilling.

Maybe the Sage Grouse started the current mating "ritual" as a memorial to the Indians after the White Man ran them out of the area. Maybe before that the Grouse mated right on top of the teepee's...??? Who knows...??

And I do NOT eat Cheerios...

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cindy constantine 9 months, 1 week ago

Mark,

Did it ever occur to you that every article does NOT have an underlying "political message" except in your grandiose mind? The paper was reporting on a wildlife viewing opportunity that happens once a year and really is quite fascinating to experience. I would think that you and Fred would feel right at home in the lek as you both like to "puff up and strut around the forum" almost daily--in fact invite Scott W. to go with you for the experience. I think you are all three "soul mates" with the male grouse at heart.

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cindy constantine 9 months, 1 week ago

P.S. The American Heart Assoc. says cheerios are good for you. . . .

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Chris Hadlock 9 months, 1 week ago

I find it enlightening that our two favorite conservative bloggers choose to attack one of their own over the Sage Grouse! Cindy has consistently supported conservative points of view but when she expresses an opinion that the Sage Grouse mating is a spectacle worth seeing, the trolls come out of the woodwork to attack her for that opinion.

Eating your own may work for wild animals like wolves and bears, but it does not bode well for the future of politics.

Sorry guys, but not every issue boils down to Dem. Vs Rep. some things are just simply awe inspiring and stand on their own. Anyone who fails to appreciate the wonders around us should consider themselves jaded beyond repair and retreat to the safety of their own mind. All single source viewers of both Fox and MSNBC fall into this category.

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Fred Duckels 9 months, 1 week ago

The sage grouse is a wonderful bird but so are a dozen other native inhabitants that are in more trouble of disappearing from the local scene. They are at a disadvantage in that they are not indigenous to 11 western states and are not a catch all for "political pawn" status. Hence they can go extinct because of their unfortunate political status and the enviros will not even be aware as they prepare lawsuits to defend a most magnificent bird. We don't have tours to view beavers or muskrats or badgers, all have been seriously depleted but we have the chosen the grouse for political purposes. Just before the Copenhagen summit E-mails from East Anglia University, the clearing house for the UN were hacked and the hoax got unwanted exposure. The AGW movement was stalled and the new buzz word became biodiversity, enter the sage grouse and it's proximity to carbon reserves and we are back in business. Enjoy your tour but just remember it might just as well be watching snakes slither.

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cindy constantine 9 months, 1 week ago

For crying out loud, why must every discussion get OFF TOPIC. This info blurb from the paper is nothing more than an activity announcement. Maybe next time the paper should just file this type of activity in the Happenings section other than 99.9% of the population have never heard of a lek so maybe it required a bit more explanation. Biodiversity, Fred, is not even in the conversation---plus snakes slither every dam* day, not once a year so your analogy is ridiculous!

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Fred Duckels 9 months, 1 week ago

Cindy, When did we have the first tour? Timing is everything.

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mark hartless 9 months, 1 week ago

I'm not "attacking" Cindy, Chris.

Why do so many folks think everything is an "attack"?? Lot of thin skin 'round here.

And I agree that Sage Grouse might be quite interesting birds. Doesn't mean they can't be used as pawns. Eagles are magnificent too, but when it was discovered that windmills were spitting them out like Pezz Dispensers the "magnificent eagle" crowd was awefully quiet...

Cindy,

That may be a good analogy. I've never expolred my inner Grouse... I do some struttin' on it and get back to ya'. Cheers,

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mark hartless 9 months, 1 week ago

If people would spend more time THINKING and less time FEELING (about my responses or anything else) maybe there wouldn't be such a target-rich environment here for fuddy-duddies like me.

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john bailey 9 months, 1 week ago

besides they taste good, People Eating Tasty Animals.....

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Fred Duckels 9 months, 1 week ago

Watching grouse is an interesting and rewarding experience but it is also part of a much larger conspiracy. The fact that some are aware of the implications does not make them bad or unreasonable even though it is that way by design. Cindy the same group that is involved here will seize your guns in a heartbeat.

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mark hartless 9 months, 1 week ago

Geez, John W., give me more credit than that...

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cindy constantine 9 months, 1 week ago

Fred,

There will be no gun seizing!

While the testosterone in the audience is exploring their inner grouse I will be exploring puff daddy on the the dance floor--you know getting ready for my male in the lek!

/cheers

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mark hartless 9 months, 1 week ago

Puff daddy...?? That scares away Grouse quicker than oil wells... sounds like a sack of cats on the way to the river...

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Fred Duckels 9 months ago

I knew that there was some things that I like about Hick. link text

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