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Southwest Region

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.

Site Location

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.

More Information:
DOT (208) 334-8000
Weiser (208) 549-0452


Photos
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Greater Sage Grouse
Photo Copyright Brain Currie
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American Kestrel
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Facilities

General Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsNo HuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
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Habitat
grassland Graph illustrating 10% 10%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 90% 90%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Songbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y AM
Waterbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterfowl N N N N N N N N N N N N
Target Species for this Site

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    Grouse and TurkeyHawks and Eagles

    Legend

    SeasonAbundanceRegion
    R - Resident 1 - Abundant, easily found s - Statewide
    M - Migrant 2 - Common, but sometimes difficult to find e - Southeast
    W - Winter 3 - Uncommon or local w - Southwest
    S - Summer 4 - Rare or very local c - Central
    5 - Casual, 3-10 accepted records p - Panhandle (North)
    6 - Accidental, 1-2 accepted records
    7 - Experimental
    (B) - Documented breeding evidence(End) - Threatened or Endangered
    (b) - Circumstantial breeding evidence(Int.) - Introduced species


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