The "bloop, bloop" sound that male sage-grouse make, as they strut on their breeding grounds, is one of the most unique sounds you'll ever hear in nature.
And the sight of the grouse strutting is pretty unique too!
You can hear and watch this ritual yourself at a free
wildlife-viewing event in east-central Utah. The event will happen April
13 at Emma Park, about 13 miles north of Price.
The Division of Wildlife Resources is sponsoring the event.
To see and hear the spectacle, you need to be at the viewing site
early. Viewing is best before the sun comes up and just after the sun
has risen. Grouse leave their strutting ground within an hour after sun
up. Sunrise will be about 7 a.m. so attendees should plan to meet at
Emma Park at or slightly before 7 a.m. Look for one or more vehicles
with a state emblem.
Before making the trip, please remember that several things can force
the grouse to leave the viewing site early or to not visit the site at
all. For example, eagles or coyotes near the site can scare the grouse
away. Wind, rain or snow can also keep the grouse under cover and out of
After the birds leave their breeding ground, the grouse spend the day
feeding and resting in stands of sagebrush. They remain mostly
out-of-sight until the following morning at first light, when they
congregate at their strutting ground again.
DWR biologists will be at the viewing site with spotting scopes and
binoculars. They'll help you find the grouse. They'll also answer any
questions you have.