The Greater Prairie Chicken Tours were started in 1994 by a former officer of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. These tours were started to educate the public on these, at the time, endangered birds. The East Yuma County Historical Society was asked in the late 1990’s to take on arranging these tours to help raise funds for the Wray Museum. Then in the early 2000’s, the Wray Chamber of Commerce was asked to take over arranging the tours. Today, the Wray Chamber of Commerce and the East Yuma County Historical Society partner together to make these tours possible with the gracious help and knowledge of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Kitzmiller Grazing Association. The Greater Prairie Chicken is no longer endangered, but these organizations would like to keep it that way…so we continue the tours to help keep the public educated on these amazing birds.
What to Bring: Clothing: 1. Wear dark clothing. The birds behave better when they don’t notice you! 2. Bring warm clothing. We will take the trip no matter the weather, unless traveling is too dangerous. You will be sitting still for quite some time so as not to disturb the birds. Please understand that the cold can be extreme. We recommend ski-type clothing or coveralls. Gloves & hats are also recommended. Electronics: 1. Please do not bring cell phones, watches, or anything that will make noise as it will disturb the birds. 2. Cameras are allowed…we just ask that you make sure they do not make any loud noises. A shutter noise is ok…but some cameras play music when you turn them off and on. Make sure to turn noises like that off prior to going on the tour. 3. You are allowed to bring a stand for your camera…but if you have a tri-pod you will be asked to not fully extend it. Room is VERY limited in the viewing trailer! Viewing Trailer: 1. Once you are in the viewing trailer, you will be there for approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours. We will then head to breakfast! 2. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have handicap accessibility. 3. The trailer is set up with three rows of benches. There will be seat cushions and blankets provided. You are welcome to bring extra blankets and extra cushions or a bench seat for added comfort. 4. Be advised that there are no bathrooms in the viewing trailer or anywhere close to the lek! We will recommend that you limit your liquid intake prior to the viewing tour. There are bathrooms at the breakfast site immediately following the viewing.