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2020 Prairie Chicken Dance Tours

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North Platte

101 Halligan Drive

North Platte, NE 69101

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Prairie Chicken Dance Tours

In the spring the hearts of the Nebraska Greater Prairie Chickens turn toward love. To successfully attract a female mate, the male Prairie Chickens must impress them with their dancing prowess. Males will gather in large numbers on dancing grounds knowns as leks. They will cackle, jump and stomp their feet, sometimes scuffling with a rival. Then they will scrunch down and inflate their bright orange neck sacks and emit an eerie booming sound.

The ladies on the other hand will observe the shenanigans circumspectly, examining the prospects with a critical eye. However, if they see something they like, they may come forward for a brief, flurried assignation.

Dusty Trails will host an excursion to a large and busy Prairie Chicken lek located south of Sutherland. The tours will depart from the North Platte Visitor's Bureau, 101 Halligan Drive. Tours during the month of March will depart at 5:30am. Tours during the month of April will depart at 5:00am, due to the earlier sunrise. Tours will arrive back in North Platte between 9:00am and 10:00am. The Visitors Bureau is closed at this time. However, if you need to use the restroom or purchase some supplies for the trip, there is a 24-hour service station located next door. Please plan to be ready to board the bus 10 minutes before departure time. Visitors will be transported to the lek by bus or van, a trip of about an hour. Coffee, juice and breakfast pastries will be provided on the bus. Feel free to bring your own refreshments, but please, no alcoholic beverages. At the lek there will be a portapotty.

Though the viewing blind at the lek is enclosed, it will still be very chilly. Warm, seasonally appropriate clothing is a must. Hats, gloves, thermal underwear, heavy coats and outerwear and sturdy boots are recommended.

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There will be some binoculars to share, but feel free to bring some to enhance your viewing experience, as well as whatever video and photography equipment you would like. Flash photography and additional lighting is strictly prohibited.

Visits to the blind on the Prairie Chicken Lek are scheduled for March 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, April 2, and then every Saturday and Sunday from April 4 through April 26. Tours during the month of March will depart at 5:30am. Tours during the month of April will depart at 5:00am, due to the earlier sunrise. Tours will arrive back in North Platte between 9:00am and 10:00am.

There will be two small (1-2 person) photographer blinds available at the lek which will provide a ground-level view of the action. These must be purchased in addition to a regular tour ticket. The cost for a photographer blind is $20.00. Please note: Once in the unheated photographer blind, you will not be able to exit until your guide comes to get you when the Prairie Chickens have departed the lek. You will not be able to use the restroom during this time.

Each tour size is limited to 18 individuals. For larger groups, please contact Dusty Trails LLC Outdoor Specialists at 308-530-0048. Adult tour prices are $55.00 per person; Children ages 5 - 10 are half price ($27.50). This tour is not recommended for children four and under.

The fine print:

Tickets to these excursions are non refundable. Refunds will only be made if a particular tour is not held. The tours will go on even in inclement weather unless it gets so bad as to be a safety issue.

Dusty Trails has no control over the wild animals these tours will be viewing or the weather. There are no guarantees as to how many birds will be seen or what they will be doing.

While you're in town for the Prairie Chicken Dance, be sure to check out these other adventures:

Sandhill Crane Tours

Full Moon Horseback Adventure

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North Platte

101 Halligan Drive

North Platte, NE 69101

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Refund Policy

No Refunds

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