Thursday, May 21, 2015 — On April 17 and 18, the Lassen County Environmental Education Collaborative, with support from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, hosted youth in seventh through 12th grades for a greater sage grouse lek count near Skedaddle Mountain.
The group camped overnight beside Noble’s Trail on Friday evening and woke up bright and early at 5 a.m. to count grouse the next morning. With the help of CDFW wildlife biologist Brian Ehler, the assembly of eight youth and a team of volunteer adults counted a total of eight male grouse on the lek performing their unique mating dance, which includes the inflation of air-filled vocal sacs and fanning of tail feathers.
The Trust appreciates the parents of Boy Scout Troop 405, based in Susanville, for their support.
For the full story and photos, read the Tuesday, May 19, 2015 edition of the Lassen County Times.