The birds are out busting a move! Heather Nenninger captured this short video while counting sage grouse this week. This time of year, these birds gather on a breeding ground called a lek. These are the dancing grounds where the male birds puff out their chests and fan their tail feathers every morning hoping to woo a hen. Make sure you turn up the volume to hear the sounds of the sagebrush sea!
Want to watch lekking in real time? For the third straight year, you can witness this ritual on a live-streaming wildlife camera in Oregon. Every morning from approximately 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PDT you can visit The Nature Conservancy’s website to watch live footage at http://bit.ly/LekCam2017. If the video feed does not come up initially, try refreshing your screen a few times.
This unobtrusive wildlife camera is designed to capture the intimate details of the sage grouse’s unique mating jig without disturbing the birds. The cameras illuminate the lek with infrared light, which these sensitive birds aren’t able to see. The camera also often captures video of other critters such as mule deer, elk, and eagles. The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are partnering to host this unique wildlife-viewing experience.
The lek cam will be streaming live coverage from March 29, 2017, to May 15, 2017. There will be recorded clips available on the lek cam website.