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Greater Prairie Chicken Multi-Day Tour

Friday - Sunday, April 26-28  | $550/person (double)

Experience the booming and dancing of the greater prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse during lek tours on the Switzer Ranch outside of Burwell, Nebraska through Calamus Outfitters.

This multi-day excursion includes transportation, two nights of lodging, meals dinner Friday - breakfast, Sunday, early morning guided lek tours on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and guided birding and wildlife viewing at the Calamus reservoir on Saturday. 

Known for their matting dance,  the greater prairie chicken display together in a gathering called a lek. The male prairie chickens raise their ear tuft feathers, inflate their bright orange air sacks on their neck, and stomp about in order to attract the females. Similarly the sharp-tailed grouse will display or dance to attract female grouse to their dancing grounds as well.

Great prairie chicken are a vulnerable species. Prairie habitat fragmentation and loss had been a factor in the reduction of numbers. Today, the populations of great prairie chicken are isolated to the mixed grass prairies of the central United States. Preservation and restoration of prairie habitat have been successful at stabilizing population numbers. 

Contact Pioneers Park Nature Center to Register

The Switzer Ranch and Calamus Outfitters

Learn more about our destination, the Switzer Ranch

Prairie Chicken Tour Agenda


1:00 pm Depart from Auld Pavilion

5:00 pm Arrive Calamus Oufitters

5:30 pm Orientation

6:30 pm Dinner


5:30 am Birding; prairie chicken lek

7:00 am Breakfast 

Eco-tour of the Switzer ranch - Lunch provided on jeep tour. 

Birding and sightseeing around Calamus Reservior  (Optional)

6:30 pm Dinner


5:30 am Birding; sharp tailed grouse lek

7:00 am Breakfast

8:30 am Depart

12:30 pm Arrive in Lincoln





More Birding Opportunities

The Nature Center provides multiple outdoor and birding opportunities. Contact the Nature Center to learn more about our annual trips to see hawk and eagle migration and Sandhill cranes. Click here for our 2018/19 flyer.

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