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Male greater sage-grouse gather on the lek to perform their elaborate courtship dance. The first males to arrive on the lek are the older, experienced ones; they often arrive before sunrise to guard coveted territories.

Overgrazing and development of oil, gas and wind energy in the west are a serious threat to the birds, eliminating much of their habitat.
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Male greater sage-grouse gather on the lek to perform their elaborate courtship dance. The first males to arrive on the lek are the older, experienced ones; they often arrive before sunrise to guard coveted territories.  <br />
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Overgrazing and development of oil, gas and wind energy in the west are a serious threat to the birds, eliminating much of their habitat.