|Location||Lakeview District Office, 1301 South G Street, in Lakeview, Oregon|
|Date||Apr 07, 2018|
|Time||06:00 am - 06:00 pm|
Lakeview BLM offering sage grouse lek tours
The sage-grouse breeding season, also known as lekking, takes place for only four to six weeks in early spring at gathering sites called leks. Sage-grouse come to approximately 100 lek sites across Lake County to perform their courtship dance before breeding.
Guided tours will be offered to the public on March 10 and April 7, 2018. Viewing is limited to 20 people per tour in order to minimize the potential for disturbance to the sage-grouse. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve a spot, contact Larisa Bogardus at (541)-947-6237 or firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday, March 9, for the March 10 tour or by noon on Friday, April 6 for the April 7 outing.
Viewers will depart at 6 a.m. from the BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 South G Street, in Lakeview, Oregon. Carpooling is encouraged. Transportation may be provided depending on the number of participants, who should dress appropriately for field conditions. Sturdy, broken-in boots/shoes are encouraged, as participants will encounter rocky, rugged terrain, with sagebrush and rocks. Additionally, tours will require a hike of up to a half mile. There are no amenities and no restrooms. Participants should also plan to bring plenty of water, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.