The Nebraska Sandhills Grassland Dance

There is a dance that happens on the North American Central Flyway every year. The participants, the Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chickens use the the Grassland Dance for their courtship rituals.

The opportunity to watch this incredible dance is found near Mullen, Nebraska. Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental have been presenting the Grassland Dance since 2001. Patrons, Mitch and Patti Glidden, provide bird watchers with prime viewing conditions on special grounds, called a “lek.”

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Bird watchers see the Sharptail species put on a fantastic performance. These birds stomp, run and pose. The dance is paired with a cacophony of deep, resonant booming sounds orchestrated by these amazing birds.

Prairie Chickens answer in short runs, rapid foot stomping, leaps into the air, and an inflation of their orange neck sacs.

Both the Sharptail and Prairie chicken demonstrate their prowess with either a buzzing of their erect tail feathers or an erection of neck feathers.

The courtship rituals of these birds is a must see. The rituals takes place between February and April. Watching this grand display of courtship is a site to behold.

For more information on the Grassland Dance contact:

Mitch Glidden
Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental

Mullen, Nebraska
308-546-2206
888-278-6167

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