Midvale Greater Sage-Grouse Lek
Nearest Town: Midvale
Site Size: 7 miles
Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl
Access: Year-round. Private. Access free of charge.
Directions: In Midvale (US 95/Old Hwy Rd, mp 104.9, across from Hi-Way Inn) zero odometer; R (E) on Old Hwy Rd for 2.2 mi; R (straight) at fork onto Knob Hill Rd; mi 2.6 rd becomes unpaved; mi 3.6 Greater Sage-Grouse lek on R (S) of rd; all land is private; please bird from the road.
Description: This small Greater Sage-Grouse lek, where males "dance" or display to attract females, hosts about 40 birds which can be seen dancing just beyond a feedlot from late Feb through early May. The best time to view the lek is early morning, at first light. The land is private and should not be trespassed. This population of Greater Sage-Grouse, known as the West Central population, is an isolated group and is somewhat unique in that the habitat it occupies is different than most populations where the vegetation component is more typically dominated by sagebrush. The West Central area has less sagebrush, more annual grasses and perhaps more forbs (at least in a good moisture year). Raptors can be seen on the drive to the lek year-round as well as Ring-necked Pheasant.
DOT (208) 334-8000
Weiser (208) 549-0452