Elusive & Threatened: Gunnison Sage Grouse

  • April 14, 2018 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Gunnison

DATE:  Saturday April 14Sunday, April 15


SOLD OUT!!   Will take 2 more on wait list. Trip is limited to 10 people.

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This Interludes with Nature trip is led by Marcel Such, Dr. Patrick McGee & Carl Starace.

You might find it surprising to learn that the Gunnison Sage Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) was not described as a distinctive species until the late 1990’s. as it was quite similar to the Greater Sage Grouse.  It is endemic to southwestern Colorado and a small portion of eastern Utah, with the largest remaining population in the Gunnison area.  Sadly the species has lost an estimated 90% of its habitat and is further threatened by oil and gas development.

You will set off early on Saturday, accompanied by Carl Starace and Sally Swain, who will escort you to birding hot spots along the route to Gunnison.  There will be a talk Saturday evening by Dr. Patrick McGee professor at Western State University, who has, for many years, endeavored to protect and conserve this species.  On Sunday morning, Marcel will join the group as you wake before dawn and drive the 20 minutes to a lek, on which a trailer for viewing has been placed.  Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for breakfast and then spend half a day with Marcel for regional specialties.

You will be responsible for your meals and hotel room, with the group staying at the Comfort Inn, Gunnison, at a cost of about $81.  A spotting scope is strongly suggested.  Dress warmly for the chill of early morning and pack the usual, cameras, water, sturdy shoes and lunches.

Marcel Such is now a student and an ornithological researcher at Southwestern State and a previous member of the Teen Naturalists He was a recipient of a BCAS scholarship to Hog Island.  Carl Starace is retired and one of our most popular trip leaders.

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