Our grand tour of Colorado took us to every corner of the state and through a dazzling array of habitats and bird communities. The trip brought us remarkable experiences with nearly all of Colorado’s “chickens,” an impressive number of alpine, sagebrush and prairie specialties and impressive mammals like Moose, American Bison and Pronghorn. Furthermore, we had the opportunity to see conservation efforts across the landscape – federal wildlife refuges, private conservation groups, ranchers and landowners all working to protect the incredible leks of Colorado’s game birds. The awe-inspiring dances of North America’s wild gamebirds have spurred wide action that protects the nations most endangered habitats for a whole host of species, from Pygmy Rabbit to Greater Short-horned Lizard to Mountain Plover and American Bison. Some of these lek sites have existed for hundreds of years and hopefully will be enjoyed for many more.
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