Caitlin Balch-Burnett: Sage grouse tour was great
April 10, 2014
To the editor:
Last week, I was fortunate to be part of a group visiting Craig as eco-tourists. We participated in the Sagebrush Safari: Greater Sage Grouse Lek Tour hosted by Conservation Colorado to increase awareness of the beauty, significance and plight of sage grouse and their sagebrush habitat.
Many of our group, some visiting from as far away as the East Coast, had never been to Craig, or seen the storied sage grouse in person. We enjoyed every moment of our time in Craig and the surrounding wildlands, and we surely will recommend the area to fellow wildlife enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors.
From the moment we arrived in Craig, we were greeted with friendliness and genuine interest in our visit. In fact, several local businesses even offered us discounted accommodations and meals, along with their encouragement of our grouse-watching trip. Many areas throughout Colorado offer wonderful scenic vistas and opportunities to enjoy wildlife, and Craig clearly is among them. And, as we found out, we're not the only ones to recognize this. While we prepared for our excursion to the lek to see the amazing sage grouse mating dance, we ran into some folks visiting from California, also on a bird-watching mission. Even the early wake-up call and the chill in the air Monday morning could not diminish our excitement to catch a glimpse of the sage grouse. We knew that we had come to a special place, and we knew that the event we were witnessing was one to be treasured.
So, all of this is just to say thank you. Thank you for conserving the wildlife with which we share our country's beautiful western landscape, and thank you for welcoming us to Craig, Colorado. See you again next year.