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Watch sage grouse strut, April 19

Watch sage grouse during free field trip on April 19, 2014

East Canyon Reservoir — You'll have to get up early, but if you do, you'll see something few people have ever seen — male sage grouse strutting and vocalizing on a historic breeding ground.

Here's what you'll see if you attend the April 19 event -- dozens of male sage-grouse strutting for the ladies.

Here's what you'll see if you attend the April 19 event -- dozens of male sage-grouse strutting for the ladies.

Photo by Scott Root

And the experience is free!

The Division of Wildlife Resources and the Wild About Birds Nature Center will sponsor the free field trip on April 19. If you'd like to participate, meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Wild About Birds Nature Center in Layton.

From the center, you'll caravan with other participants to an area near East Canyon Reservoir.

"Dress for cool weather and bring your binoculars," says Phil Douglass, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR.

The Wild About Birds Nature Center is at 1986 N. Hill Field Road. To reach the center, exit Interstate 15 at Exit 332, and turn east on Antelope Drive. Drive east on Antelope Drive until you reach the intersection with Hill Field Road. The store sits at the southeast corner of the intersection.

What you'll see

If you attend the field trip, you'll watch male sage grouse fight for dominance and make elaborate displays as they try to draw the attention of female grouse.

"Our bird walks are a great family activity and a wonderful way to introduce children to the world of nature," says Bill Fenimore, the expert birder who owns the center.

Fenimore and Douglass will lead the viewing event.

For more information, call 801-779-2473 or visit the Wild About Birds Nature Center Facebook page.

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