Taylor Ranch

Taylor Ranch is a privately owned 7000 acre ranch with extensive Sandhills prairie and numerous small wetlands that are attractive to migrating ducks and shorebirds during wet years. County roads along the perimeter of this ranch provide an opportunity to watch displaying greater prairie-chickens from a parked car. Active Prairie-chicken leks can be located by driving this area around sunrise and stopping every few hundred yards or so to listen for their “booming” from mid-March into May. A few sharp-tailed grouse are also present and a good variety of raptors can be found too. Around 90 species have been observed here. Blue grosbeaks have nested in the plum thickets and burrowing owls nested here in 2004.