The Upper Elementary (4th-6th grade) students in the Great Outdoors (GO) program have the rare opportunity to witness the strut of the male Sage grouse on the lek North of East Canyon! Todd Black, a wildlife biologist, is taking the students to the lek on Friday, April 13th. In order to arrive before sunrise to see the grouse strut the students will begin their day at 7:30pm the night before, to sleep at MCS in order to wake up at 4:00am to drive to the location.
The Fish and Wildlife Services is including the Sage grouse as an endangered species at this point, due to habitat loss. We are very fortunate that Utah is one of the few states of the grouse’s original range that is still active and currently being studied extensively in order to preserve this bird’s unique and specific habitat of sage brush ecosystems ranging above 4,000 ft. We are grateful to Donda Hartsfield for coordinating the event and for Todd Black’s time and energy in providing this opportunity for our students!