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2014-08-13 03:00:37

Wildlife Conservation Society Human-structures in sagebrush landscapes favor Common Raven nesting over historical hawk species A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Idaho State University (ISU) explored how habitat alterations, including the addition of energy transmission towers, affect avian predators nesting in sagebrush landscapes. Researchers compared nesting habitat selection between Common Ravens and three raptor species...

2014-07-23 23:23:14

The sage grouse straddling the California and Nevada border now have a fighting chance to recover and thrive without a need for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The credit goes largely to the Bi-State Local Area Working Group—the unsung champions from ranchers to conservationists to agencies who have quietly worked cooperatively for the past decade to craft the 2012 Bi-State Action Plan and put it into action. Reno, NV (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 The sage grouse straddling the...

2014-07-17 23:02:48

An article in the newest issue of Rangeland Ecology & Management addresses declining greater sage-grouse populations and the 2015 deadline to afford them Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection as a case study to examine the complex nature of these decisions. The problems facing sage-grouse are not only regulatory in nature; the complexity of the ecosystem and how it affects their habitat are also large factors which are not easily addressed within a regulatory framework such as the...

2014-06-13 23:05:34

Gary Bedortha, the first rancher in the Paulina and Crook County area, to enroll in the Sage Grouse Initiative, has led the way for other ranchers to get involved. He's removed 12,000 acres of invading junipers to restore habitat for sage grouse, a species that faces a potential listing under the Endangered Species Act in 2015. Paulina, Oregon (PRWEB) June 13, 2014 "If you see any juniper trees out there, they're on somebody else's land," said Gary Bedortha,...

2014-05-21 23:01:29

The NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative joins the celebration today in the signing of a major conservation agreement with landowners in Harney County, called a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances. Ranchers in a CCAA agree to voluntarily manage their lands to remove or reduce threats to sage grouse, and in return receive assurances that should the species be listed under the Endangered Species Act, the landowners will not face more regulatory requirements. Hines, Oregon (PRWEB) May...

2014-04-09 23:26:46

Removing junipers and other conifers that are early invaders of sagebrush habitat for sage grouse is cost-efficient and most likely to be effective, rather than a delay-and-repair approach trying to turn a mature forest back to sagebrush. This is the second in the Sage Grouse Initiative Science to Solutions series. Missoula, MT (PRWEB) April 09, 2014 Removing junipers and other conifers that are early invaders of sagebrush-steppe is less costly, and much more likely to be effective, than...

Sage Grouse Losing Habitat To Fire As Endangered Species Decision Loom
2014-04-04 14:45:52

Ecological Society of America Post-wildfire stabilization treatment has not aided habitat restoration for the imperiled Great Plains birds. As fires sweep more frequently across the American Great Basin, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been tasked with reseeding the burned landscapes to stabilize soils. BLM’s interventions have not helped to restore habitat for the greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) reported scientists from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and...

2014-03-20 23:27:50

Today, we announce the first in our “Science to Solutions” series for the public, titled “Marking High-Risk Fences Saves Sage Grouse.” The next in the series will focus on the removal of conifers invading historic sagebrush-steppe. Missoula, MT (PRWEB) March 20, 2014 The Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) regularly joins with its partners to fund and support science that is designed to help guide conservation solutions on the ground. Today, we announce the first in our “Science to...

More Ravens, Aided By Humans, Could Threaten The Sage Grouse
2014-01-08 08:17:38

Wildlife Conservation Society A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University and the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that habitat fragmentation and the addition of makeshift perches such as transmission polls in sagebrush ecosystems are creating preferred habitat for common ravens that threaten sensitive native bird species, including greater sage grouse. The study appears in the January issue of the journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications. Authors...

2013-06-28 23:17:49

An article in the June issue of the journal Rangelands details a conservation partnership across 11 western states that is bringing a more unified approach to reducing threats to the sagebrush ecosystem and the wildlife that inhabits it. It is a proactive tactic to reduce the fuel that can feed wildfires and also lay a course for recovery of desired plant and wildlife in the wake of a fire. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) June 28, 2013 A conservation partnership across 11 western states is bringing...


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Gunnison Grouse, Centrocercus minimus
2013-04-23 23:18:44

The Gunnison Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) is a species of grouse endemic to the United States, where it is known as the Gunnison Sage-Grouse. It’s similar to the closely related Greater Sage-Grouse in its appearance but about a third smaller in size, with much thicker plumes behind its head; it also has a less complex courtship dance. It’s restricted in range to southwestern Colorado and extreme southeastern Utah, with the largest population residing in the Gunnison Basin region in...

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2009-01-15 18:26:24

The Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is the largest species of grouse found in North America. It occurs in the western United States and in Canada in southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan. Its habitat is semiarid country sagebrush. Though this species is not considered endangered by the IUCN, its range has shrunk and it no longer exists in British Columbia, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico. This bird is a permanent resident in its range, though some birds...

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