– Photo courtesy Dick Williams

Gunnison Sage-grouse Sisk-a-dee Sunrise Programs


April 1-2, 2023

April 6-7, 2023


April 4-5, 2024

April 9-10, 2024

NOTICE: The Sisk-a-dee programs are full for 2023

The first date includes an evening presentation about the ecology and conservation of the Gunnison Sage-grouse, followed by a morning viewing at the Waunita Watchable Wildlife Site

Reservations required, space is limited.  A $25 deposit is required to secure reservations. Contact Sisk-a-dee at 970-641-3959 or All visitors are required to have a valid CPW pass.

Directions to navigate CPW Webpage to purchase SWA Pass:

    1. Click on the link above to take you to the CPW webpage.
    2. In the blue header on the CPW webpage, choose “Buy and Apply”
    3. Select the box indicating State Wildlife Area (SWA) Pass
    4. A box appears asking you to input your Age, a second box asks you to indicate your residency status
    5. Then click “GO”
    6. A menu appears on the left side of the page, choose “Land and Trails”
    7. Then you have the option of buying an annual SWA pass or a daily SWA pass.

Meet in Hurst Hall room 130 at Western Colorado University at 6:30 pm for the evening program

For the morning lek viewing, be prepared and wear warm clothing (average temperature is 20 F), bring a blanket or sleeping bag to sit on, bring a headlamp, and it is best to have a spotting scope and tripod.  The grouse are more than 1 km away.  It is not advised to drink coffee or other drinks in the morning as we will not have access to a bathroom until after the grouse have finished their displays.