Have you ever heard of birds booming?

In early March and on into April, sharp tailed grouse and prairie chickens gather into leks for their annual breeding ritual. It is a spectacle that is ancient and perhaps one of the most amazing wildlife viewing experiences a person can have.

The activity on the lek is a hallway in junior high school.

The activity on the lek (booming ground) can be described like a hallway in Jr high school: with a lot of noise, fighting, and showing off going on, all in attempt to win the affection of the female bird.

The Greater Prairie Chicken and the Sharp-Tailed Grouse are both native grouse species found in Nebraska, both require open prairie. Weather you watch them with a guide in Burwell, Mullen, or on a county road, it is a real memory maker.