Male sharp-tailed grouse dancing on a lek shortly after sunrise on a state wildlife management area in north-central Minnesota. Also known as firebirds due to the fire adapted habitats they prefer, this species status is precarious in the central and east-central parts of the state. Conservation of sharptails requires intensive protection and management efforts by wildlife agencies and non-profit conservation groups. Along with other prairie grouse, they are quite photogenic and are viewed from blinds throughout much of their range. Late-March through late-April are the best periods to watch & photograph these charasmatic, energizer-bunny like representatives of prairie grouse.