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Dubois Grouse Days

On Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, residents of Dubois, Idaho, nearby ranchers and a variety of state and federal agencies will host the Fourth Annual Dubois Grouse Days to celebrate Greater Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse and the wonderful environments that are their home.

Every spring, Greater Sage-grouse and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse congregate on traditional strutting or dancing grounds called leks. These magnificent birds are in need of effective conservation efforts to reverse downward population trends.

To experience these birds during their mating rituals is a rare treat that leaves memories permanently etched in the mind like fine art. Become one of the fortunate few to experience the magic of grouse during the Fourth Annual Dubois Grouse Days!

You will have an opportunity to watch grouse strut and dance, learn about the cultural and natural history of their high desert environment, tour a model conservation program area for Greater Sage-Grouse, talk with ranchers and professional biologists working to conserve grouse and much more. Special arrangements are offered to photographers.

Come Prepared! Spring weather conditions and changes can be extreme in the high desert! Temperatures are often around freezing in the early morning, later warming into the 50's. It could snow or rain with a cold wind. Bring layered clothing, a camera, binoculars, water, and snacks.

Additional information, directions and registration forms can be found online at www.duboisidaho.com (click calendar bar) and in the News folder at www.IdahoBirds.net.

Dubois Grouse Days Festival is sponsored by the Upper Snake Sage Grouse Local Working Group, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, North American Grouse Partnership of Idaho, The Nature Conservancy of Idaho, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Clark County Stockgrowers.

Note: Journalists with assignments may inquire about travel and lodging assistance to Ron Gardner, Idaho Tourism Division (208) 334-2470 or ron.gardner@tourism.idaho.gov

Dubois Grouse Days Festival Schedule

Friday, April 7, 2006

5:30 pm Doors open at the Dubois Community Center, silent auction begins.

Emcees: Jim Hagenbarth, rancher and Kent Christopher, Chairman, Idaho Chapter of the North American Grouse Partnership.