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
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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