Greater Prairie Chicken Lek Tours


Event Details


2018 Greater Prairie-chicken Lek Tours

Two male Greater Prairie Chickens fight on the lek grounds to establish dominance.

  • Thursday, March 29 (meet at 5:45am)
  • Monday, April 2 (meet at 5:45am) (TOUR FULL)
  • Thursday, April 5 (meet at 5:45am) (TOUR FULL)
  • Sunday, April 8 (meet at 5:30am) (TOUR FULL)
  • Thursday, April 12 (meet at 5:30am) (TOUR FULL)
  • Saturday, April 14 (meet at 5:30am) (TOUR FULL)
  • Monday, April 16 (meet at 5:30am)
  • Friday, April 20 (meet at 5:20am) (TOUR FULL)
  • Saturday, April 21 (meet at 5:20am) (TOUR FULL)
  • Tuesday, April 24 (meet at 5:20am)

Lek Tour Details

  • Participants must register for these tours.  Registration must be made at least 2 days prior to the field trip.  Registration is $25 per person.  Call the KWEC to register 877-243-9268.
  • Space is limited to a maximum of 6 people
  • Participants must be Age 12 and older
  • Participants will meet and leave from the KWEC by 5:20-5:45am, depending on the time of sunrise.  Transportation is provided.
  • Participants must be able to sit in a blind for up to 4-5 hours with no facilities
  • Participants must be able to walk about 200 yards to the blind through a pasture and step up two 12″ steps into the blind
  • Dress appropriately. Temperatures are generally quite cold; while we are inside a blind it is still cold.
  • Cameras and tripods are allowed, but must be carried.  We recommend silencing any noises on your cameras.
  • The closest birds are typically 20-25 yards from the blind
  • If inclement weather is forecasted, we will be in contact with registrants.

Participants watch the prairie chickens from the comfort of a trailer blind.

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, call, and dance to win the affection of females.  Only the best males are chosen to mate.  On a still morning on the prairie, their call, called a boom, can be heard over a mile away.  It is one of the most fascinating 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, invites you to come and witness this wonderful show during a Greater Prairie-Chicken Lek Tour.  Staff will drive you to a local Greater Prairie-Chicken lek, where there is a trailer blind sitting.  From the blind, you will be able to observe the Prairie-Chickens on the lek, and the guide will be there to tell you all about these interesting birds and the incredible spectacle.

Fieldtrips will be available to the public on select days throughout the last week of March and through the month of April by reservation only.  Tours are not available all days; a schedule of tour dates is listed above.  Reservations must be made at least two days prior to the field trip.  Seating is limited to 6 people and is limited to ages 12 and older.  Participants will meet and leave from the KWEC by 5:20-5:45am depending on the time of sunrise.  Transportation to the lek will be provided.  Participants should plan on being in the blind for at least 3 hours with no facilities available.  Cost is $25 per person.  Please call the KWEC at 877-243-9268 to register and receive more information.

 

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