Greater Prairie Chicken Lek Tours

Greater Prairie Chicken Lek Tours

16 Mar - 29 Apr 2013
6:00 AM

Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS

Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each Spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival.  Male prairie chickens strut around on communal mating grounds known as “leks,” where they fight, sing, and dance to win the affections of the females.  Only the best males will get to mate.  On a still morning on the prairie, their song, called a boom, can be heard over a mile away.  It is one of the most comical and unique natural phenomenon people can watch.  Lek tours draw people from around the world each year to the Great Plains.

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156 Highway, invites you to come and witness this wonderful show.  Staff will drive you to a local Greater Prairie-chicken lek.  While you peer out upon the lek from a comfortable trailer blind, a guide will be there to tell you all about this incredible spectacle. 

Fieldtrips will be available to the public from March 16 to April 29 by reservation only.  Reservations must be made at least 2 days prior to the field trip.  Participants will meet and leave from the KWEC by 6:00am.  Transportation to the lek will be provided.  Space is limited to 7 people.  Participants should plan on being in the blind for at least 3 hours.  Cost is $25 per person.  Please call the KWEC at 877-243-9268 to register and receive more information.