Greater Prairie-Chicken Lek Tours

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

2017 Greater Prairie-Chicken Lek Tour Dates

  • Sat, April 1 (meet at 5:45am)
  • Tues, April 4 (meet at 5:45am)
  •  Fri, April 7 (meet at 5:30am)-Currently Full, taking waitlist
  •  Sat, April 8 (meet at 5:30am)-Currently Full, taking waitlist
  •  Sun, April 9 (meet at 5:30am)-Currently Full, taking waitlist
  • Tues, April 11 (meet at 5:30am)-Currently Full, taking waitlist
  •  Thur, April 13 (meet at 5:30am)-Currently Full, taking waitlist
  •  Thur, April 20 (meet at 5:20am)-Currently Full, taking waitlist
  •  Sat, April 22 (meet at 5:20am)-Currently Full, taking waitlist

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 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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