Check out these links to the Nebraska Non-game Bird Blog in reference to the 2015 and 2016 Festivals (thanks Joel!).



To All the Wonderful Folks at Switzer Ranch:  Thanks to all of you for a magnificent Nebraska Prairie Chicken Festival.  We never could have experienced what we did on our own nor gotten to know so many wonderful new people.  There is nothing that we can think of that would have improved the weekend.  Even the 28 degree weather on Saturday morning was a challenge that added to the stories we will tell.  Not one part of the weekend stands out more than others.  Obviously, the two lek experiences were the reason we came and did not disappoint!  Carol Dunn (MI)  2016

Thanks so much for a wonderful 4 days of birding in the sandhills! We will treasure meeting all of you. We learned so much. Jo Ann Bowes 2015


Not enough ways to thank you for the beautiful week-end learning about the prairie chickens, the sharp-tailed grouse, the Sand Hills, and more about our beloved Platte River. Sara, you, your family, staff & friends are simply amazing.  Kathleen Cain 2015


All of us Minnesotans, wish to say THANK YOU so very much for the fabulous time at the Festival of the Prairie Chicken. Good times, great conversations, new acquaintances, wonderful meals, good viewing of the chickens and grouse, great bus tours. We can't say enough about the fun vacation we had in Nebraska at Calamus Outfitters. Love and Thank you again. Terry and Ann Peterson Carol and George Kobe  2015

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Can't make the festival?  Lek tours are offered daily every spring between March 15 & April 30. Visit our website at for more information.


Calamus Outfitters/Switzer Ranch

83720 Valleyview Ave

Burwell, NE  68823


All photos taken on the Switzer Ranch by David R. Neilson.

Festival presented by:

Calamus Outfitters

Switzer Ranch

Friends of Gracie