The Fish and Wildlife Service has been contemplating a listing for the sage grouse
since 2010, but held off until the settlement of a lawsuit gave the agency until Sept.
In the case of the sage grouse
, to make an informed decision about instituting measures to aid it, one not only has to know what is causing the population to decrease--which is speculative right now and varies from fragmentation of habitat, to invasion by non-native species, to increased wildfires, to the prevalence of West Nile virus, to a lack of nesting cover, to the type and quality of nutrition that the chicks are receiving, and more--one has to determine what changes will bring about more grouse recruitment.
Efforts to Improve Sage Grouse
Habitat in California 2011.
The stockade feathers are sage grouse
feathers dyed green, cropped, and stripped like those of the original bustle.
The greater sage grouse
is a chicken-like, ground-nesting bird found in the western United States and Canada, (91) "renowned for its spectacular breeding displays.
In 2002, Jerry was surprised to see several sage grouse
on the northern part of the ranch.
make superb archery targets, but only before they have been hunted hard.
It's also essential habitat for the imperiled sage grouse
, mountain plover and black-tailed prairie dog.
During his undergraduate years, he had brief stints at Washington State University and the University of North Carolina, and spent one fall working on a sage grouse
habitat use study in Washington-his first exposure to the joys and rigors of field research and wildlife biology.
Ron Heward (rancher, Bates Hole/Shirley Basin Sage Grouse
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, and support a diversified rural economy.
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