MOOSE, Wyo. —Grand Teton National Park will once again host early-morning ranger-led tours to observe sage grouse strut programs as a way for the public to observe sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance.

This unique springtime ritual is a rare chance to see the birds in action as they perform their annual mating dance on a historic lek near Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park.

Ranger-led grouse strut programs will be offered Saturday, April 23, Sunday, April 24 and Saturday, April 30.

The program is free but advanced reservations are required.

Programs will begin at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 5:30 a.m. To make an advanced reservation and for more information, please call 307-739-3399 or speak with a ranger at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, now open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

“Ranger-led grouse strut programs offer a unique opportunity to witness greater sage grouse congregate and perform animated mating displays by males during the breeding season,” said Grand Teton National Park in a press release.

“This behavior occurs each spring when multiple males gather in open areas called leks. During this time, males use their tail feathers and expandable air sacs under their throats to compete with other males for optimum position on the lek and the attention of females. Rangers will provide information about sage grouse and conservation efforts underway for populations that are declining throughout much of the American West.”

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.