UPDATE - LEK TRIP CANCELLED DUE TO CONTINUED WET/SNOWY CONDITIONS. We will still go to Hutton Lake at 9 a.m.
Saturday, April 10th will be a "double header" for LAS! We'll head to the Greater Sage-grouse lek early and then reconvene later in the morning at Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Attend either or both trips! But bundle up - the current forecast looks cold! Please email us if you plan to attend (firstname.lastname@example.org). And please remember your mask - we continue to abide by National Audubon Society guidelines for covid-safe field trips.
Lek Trip - Meet at the Eppson Center for Seniors (1560 North 3rd Street) at 5:30 a.m. - we won't wait for stragglers, because timing is important for this event. From the Eppson Center we will caravan to the lek. After watching and listening while the males boom and strut, we'll return to Laramie by approximately 8 a.m.
Hutton Lake NWR Trip - At 9 a.m. we will gather at the observation platform at the far end of the Refuge. The stars of this trip are the large numbers of migrating ducks that the Refuge typically hosts each Spring. Directions: From Laramie, head south on 3rd Street/ US-287, turn right onto County Road 22 (as if entering the cement plant), then turn left onto Sand Creek Road (parallel to railroad tracks - many people have missed this turn and mistakenly entered the cement plant parking lot). Stay on Sand Creek Road for about 8 miles, then turn right at the National Wildlife Refuge sign. To reach the viewing platform, continue west from the sign for approximately 0.75 miles, and then turn left (south) and follow the two-track until it ends (approximately 0.4 miles).
|American Avocet adult and juvenile at Hutton Lake NWR, July 2020. |
Photo courtesy of LAS member Liz Young