An experience that’s attracting birders from around the world
It was 4:30 in the morning as the small caravan of three vehicles left Scott City for a remote site in southern Gove County.
The early start was necessary in order to get settled in observation blinds before lesser and greater prairie chickens could begin their morning ritual.
Most of the group consisted of six birders, plus a guide, who were part of a tour that originated in Colorado. In order to observe the prairie chickens, the Hoeme Ranch in southern Gove County has become a prime destination for bird watchers from throughout the world.
“If you want to see the lesser prairie chicken, this is the only area in the world that’s going to happen,” noted John Drummond, a tour guide with Partnership for International Birding, based in Denver.
The Hoeme Ranch, along with the Smoky Valley Ranch Nature Conservancy in southern Logan County, are two sites which have begun hosting tour groups.
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