Where can you see one of the more unusual rites of spring in the animal kingdom? Head to Grand Teton National Park to watch the sage grouse strut.
This weekend, and again the following two weeks, park rangers will be leading early-morning tours to show off strutting sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance on an historic lek (mating arena) located just off the Antelope Flats Road near Mormon Row.
These ranger-led excursions offer an exceptional opportunity to witness this unique springtime ritual as sage grouse congregate and perform animated courtship displays. While participants view the antics of strutting grouse, rangers will provide information about their natural history and various conservation efforts under way for sage grouse populations that have declined throughout much of the American West.
But to see this show, you've got to be an early riser! Sage grouse tours begin from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 5:30 a.m. and reservations are required. To make a reservation and obtain information about what to wear and bring along on these free ranger-led trips, call 307.739.3399.