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What Is a Lek

A lek is a gathering of males for the purpose of competitive display (strutting) and mating. The same males attend a traditional place that can be active for decades. Males commonly roost overnight near the lek and, before sunrise, will move to the lek and display. This will continue for a couple of hours following sunrise, March through May. Note lek arena with 11 displaying males – topography is typically wide-open and flat with escape cover (shrubs) nearby.

Photo shows lek arena with displaying male sage-grouse.