Centrocercus urophasianus

Range and Distribution

Once numbering in the millions in the West, now Greater sage-grouse have significantly declined from historic numbers by as much as 93%. The precipitous decline of sage-grouse is symptomatic of several factors all converging to make the sagebrush biome the most threatened landscape in North America.

Like a canary in the coal-mine sage grouse are indicator species that provide us with important feedback regarding our management of sagebrush habitats, of which over 50% are public landscapes. Unfortunately, the outlook isn't good.

Public lands ranching, oil & gas drilling, climate change, fire, cheatgrass and expanding energy development are among the chief threats to sage-grouse who need intact, healthy sagebrush communities to thrive.

 

 

 

 

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