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The Sound of Sunrise


For the last few weeks, Greater Sage Grouse have been dancing across the prairie as part of their annual mating rituals. Male sage grouse, like the one shown here, gather in concentrated areas known as leks, where they put on a show each dawn with hope of attracting a female partner. It’s not all tail feathers and strutting; sage grouse also thump the brightly colored air sacs in their chests, creating an eerie, yet enchanting, drumroll as the sun rises above the plains. 

Photo by Dennis Lingohr/American Prairie