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7th – 12th Graders Wanted for Skedaddle Mountain Sage Grouse Count

LCEEC Youth observing the Lek in 2015; Photo by Quincy McCourt
LCEEC Youth observing the Lek in 2015; Photo by Quincy McCourt

The Lassen County Environmental Education Collaborative, with support from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, are inviting youth in 7th-12th grades to participate in a sage grouse count at a lek near Skedaddle Mountain on the morning of April 16th. The event is a day-trip with students viewing grouse during the morning displays on their ancestral mating grounds.

What the heck is a lek, you might ask? A lek is a specific location where male sage grouse gather for the purpose of competitive breeding displays or dancing. These displays include the inflation of air-filled vocal sacs and the fanning of tail feathers.

Youth will collect data with guidance from CDFW wildlife biologist Brian Ehler, which will be reported to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for their annual count of sage grouse populations in our area.

Scouting and educational groups are welcome! Please contact Jessie Diermier to register and for more information about the supplies required: email [email protected] or call (530) 257-3252.

This event is a program of the Lassen County Environmental Education Collaborative, a partnership between the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, Lassen National Forest, the Lassen County Office of Education and Lassen Land and Trails Trust.

For more information about the Collaborative, the Trust and their work, or about trails to enjoy, please visit www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.org.

2.Northern Sage Grouse: Photo Credit – Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento
Northern Sage Grouse: Photo by Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento
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