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In 2012 the CBCP worked closely with The Utah Governor’s Office Task Force to develop the Strategic Plan for the Conservation of Greater Sage-grouse in Utah (Plan). Utah’s Plan was designed to protect high-quality sagebrush habitat to address and ameliora
2012 Accomplishment Report for Utah's Adaptive Resource Management Greater Sage-grouse Local Working Groups

2012 Accomplishment Report for Utah's Adaptive Resource Management Greater Sage-grouse Local Working Groups

In 2012 the CBCP worked closely with The Utah Governor’s Office Task Force to develop the Strategic Plan for the Conservation of Greater Sage-grouse in Utah (Plan). Utah’s Plan was designed to protect high-quality sagebrush habitat to address and ameliora...

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In April of 2013, the Strategic Plan for the Conservation of Greater Sage-grouse (Plan) was released for public review. The Plan protects high-quality habitat to sustain greater sage-grouse populations in the state and negate need for the listing of the s
2014 Accomplishment Report for Utah's Adaptive Resource Management Greater Sage-grouse Local Working Groups

2014 Accomplishment Report for Utah's Adaptive Resource Management Greater Sage-grouse Local Working Groups

In April of 2013, the Strategic Plan for the Conservation of Greater Sage-grouse (Plan) was released for public review. The Plan protects high-quality habitat to sustain greater sage-grouse populations in the state and negate need for the listing of the s...

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The CBCP encompasses the historical range of sage-grouse in Utah. The CBCP has focused on implementing conservation strategies in the sage-grouse management areas (SGMAs) identified in the Utah Plan (Figure 1). The Utah Plan reinforced the role of local s
2015 Accomplishment Report for Utah's Adaptive Resource Management Greater Sage-grouse Local Working Groups

2015 Accomplishment Report for Utah's Adaptive Resource Management Greater Sage-grouse Local Working Groups

The CBCP encompasses the historical range of sage-grouse in Utah. The CBCP has focused on implementing conservation strategies in the sage-grouse management areas (SGMAs) identified in the Utah Plan (Figure 1). The Utah Plan reinforced the role of local s...

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Declining sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) populations may be characterized by poor recruitment largely attributed to low chick survival. However, few published studies have explicitly examined factors that influence chick survival. We used a sutur
Achieving Better Estimates of Greater Sage-Grouse Chick Survival in Utah

Achieving Better Estimates of Greater Sage-Grouse Chick Survival in Utah

Declining sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) populations may be characterized by poor recruitment largely attributed to low chick survival. However, few published studies have explicitly examined factors that influence chick survival. We used a sutur...

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Research on iteroparous species has shown that reproductive success may increase with age until the onset of senescence. However, from the population perspective, increased reproductive success with age could be a consequence of within-individual variatio
Age-dependence and individual heterogeneity in reproductive success of greater sage-grouse

Age-dependence and individual heterogeneity in reproductive success of greater sage-grouse

Research on iteroparous species has shown that reproductive success may increase with age until the onset of senescence. However, from the population perspective, increased reproductive success with age could be a consequence of within-individual variatio...

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We present the first known case of aspergillosis found in a wild, augmented Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) population. This case was not directly associated with the sage-grouse translocations and is the first documented in wild sage-grou
Aspergillosis in an augmented Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) population in central Utah: a case report

Aspergillosis in an augmented Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) population in central Utah: a case report

We present the first known case of aspergillosis found in a wild, augmented Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) population. This case was not directly associated with the sage-grouse translocations and is the first documented in wild sage-grou...

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Over the last several decades, biologists have grown increasingly concerned about declines in populations of two species of sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp.), a bird whose range covers a vast portion of eleven western U.S. states and two Canadian provinces
Assessing the Needs of Sage-Grouse Local Working Groups

Assessing the Needs of Sage-Grouse Local Working Groups

Over the last several decades, biologists have grown increasingly concerned about declines in populations of two species of sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp.), a bird whose range covers a vast portion of eleven western U.S. states and two Canadian provinces

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Winter-feeding of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in developed landscapes is often advocated by stakeholders to compensate for lost or fragmented winter range. However the reported benefits of winter- feeding mule deer to increase survival and productivit
Biological Consequences of Winter-Feeding of Mule Deer in Developed Landscapes in Northern Utah

Biological Consequences of Winter-Feeding of Mule Deer in Developed Landscapes in Northern Utah

Winter-feeding of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in developed landscapes is often advocated by stakeholders to compensate for lost or fragmented winter range. However the reported benefits of winter- feeding mule deer to increase survival and productivit...

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State wildlife agencies often use input obtained through public meetings to develop management policies. Because public meetings can be dominated by single stakeholder groups, these policies may not reflect the attitudes of new wildlife stakeholders. In 2
Can Public Meetings Accurately Reflect Public Attitudes Toward Wildlife Management?

Can Public Meetings Accurately Reflect Public Attitudes Toward Wildlife Management?

State wildlife agencies often use input obtained through public meetings to develop management policies. Because public meetings can be dominated by single stakeholder groups, these policies may not reflect the attitudes of new wildlife stakeholders. In 2...

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In the fall of 2011, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and the Utah Department of Natural Resources jointly convened a collaborative group to discuss sustainable grazing on the U.S. Forest Service lands in southern Utah. The Forests under consi
Collaborative Group on Sustainable Grazing for U.S. Forest Service Lands in Southern Utah

Collaborative Group on Sustainable Grazing for U.S. Forest Service Lands in Southern Utah

In the fall of 2011, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and the Utah Department of Natural Resources jointly convened a collaborative group to discuss sustainable grazing on the U.S. Forest Service lands in southern Utah. The Forests under consi

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The rapid pace of wind‐energy development has increased stakeholder concerns regarding the potential effects on wildlife. Locations targeted for wind‐energy development frequently overlap prairie grouse and greater sage‐grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Columbian Sharp‐Tailed Grouse Nesting Ecology: Wind Energy and Habitat

Columbian Sharp‐Tailed Grouse Nesting Ecology: Wind Energy and Habitat

The rapid pace of wind‐energy development has increased stakeholder concerns regarding the potential effects on wildlife. Locations targeted for wind‐energy development frequently overlap prairie grouse and greater sage‐grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)

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Policies regulating wildlife winter-feeding programs may have long-term impacts on conservation and future management of both target and non-target species. In 2000, the Utah Wildlife Board, upon reviewing input from a series of public regional meetings,
Conservation Implications of Winter-Feeding Policies for Mule Deer in Utah

Conservation Implications of Winter-Feeding Policies for Mule Deer in Utah

Policies regulating wildlife winter-feeding programs may have long-term impacts on conservation and future management of both target and non-target species. In 2000, the Utah Wildlife Board, upon reviewing input from a series of public regional meetings,

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Utah’s Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse (Plan) is designed to protect high-quality habitat, enhance impaired habitat and restore converted habitat to support, in Utah, a portion of the range-wide population of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus ur
Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse in Utah

Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse in Utah

Utah’s Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse (Plan) is designed to protect high-quality habitat, enhance impaired habitat and restore converted habitat to support, in Utah, a portion of the range-wide population of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus ur...

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This document is a compilation of the major programs in Utah that provide opportunities for landowners to conduct conservation work on private land. Each program summary answers the same set of questions so that it is easier to compare opportunities in s
Conservation Programs for Private Lands

Conservation Programs for Private Lands

This document is a compilation of the major programs in Utah that provide opportunities for landowners to conduct conservation work on private land. Each program summary answers the same set of questions so that it is easier to compare opportunities in s

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In March 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) identified the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) as a candidate species for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because of habitat loss and fragmentation and
Considerations for Sage-Grouse Management Objectives

Considerations for Sage-Grouse Management Objectives

In March 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) identified the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) as a candidate species for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because of habitat loss and fragmentation and

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As a hunted species becomes increasingly rare, the effort required to locate and harvest an individual tends to increase. As rarity increases, governmental over-sight, including changes in hunting regulations and protection of habitats and individuals usi
Declining populations of greater sage-grouse: hunter motivations when numbers are low

Declining populations of greater sage-grouse: hunter motivations when numbers are low

As a hunted species becomes increasingly rare, the effort required to locate and harvest an individual tends to increase. As rarity increases, governmental over-sight, including changes in hunting regulations and protection of habitats and individuals usi...

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Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) are sagebrush obligates and are therefore considered to be key indicators of sagebrush ecosystem health. Sage-grouse populations have declined range-wide over the last century due to loss and fr
Ecology of Greater Sage-Grouse Inhabiting the Southern Portion of the Rich-Morgan-Summit Sage-Grouse Management Area

Ecology of Greater Sage-Grouse Inhabiting the Southern Portion of the Rich-Morgan-Summit Sage-Grouse Management Area

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) are sagebrush obligates and are therefore considered to be key indicators of sagebrush ecosystem health. Sage-grouse populations have declined range-wide over the last century due to loss and fr...

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Range-wide population declines of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) have been largely attributed to habitat loss and fragmentation. However, the specific conservation threats affecting the ecology of sage grouse populations may
Ecology of greater sage-grouse populations inhabiting the northwestern Wyoming Basin

Ecology of greater sage-grouse populations inhabiting the northwestern Wyoming Basin

Range-wide population declines of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) have been largely attributed to habitat loss and fragmentation. However, the specific conservation threats affecting the ecology of sage grouse populations may

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Effective long-term wildlife conservation planning for a species must be guided by information about population vital rates at multiple scales. Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) populations declined substantially during the twentieth century
Effects of Landscape-Scale Environmental Variation on Greater Sage-Grouse Chick Survival

Effects of Landscape-Scale Environmental Variation on Greater Sage-Grouse Chick Survival

Effective long-term wildlife conservation planning for a species must be guided by information about population vital rates at multiple scales. Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) populations declined substantially during the twentieth century...

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My research provided new information regarding the effects of livestock grazing on grouse species worldwide and greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) nesting and female survival in particular. When I began my graduate studies, there were no stud
Effects of Livestock Grazing Management Practices on Greater Sage-grouse Nest and Female Survival

Effects of Livestock Grazing Management Practices on Greater Sage-grouse Nest and Female Survival

My research provided new information regarding the effects of livestock grazing on grouse species worldwide and greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) nesting and female survival in particular. When I began my graduate studies, there were no stud...

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Research on long-lived iteroparous species has shown that reproductive success may increase with age, until the onset of senescence and that prior reproductive success may influence current reproductive success. Such complex reproductive dynamics can comp
Effects of climatic variation and reproductive trade-offs vary by measure of reproductive effort in greater sage-grouse

Effects of climatic variation and reproductive trade-offs vary by measure of reproductive effort in greater sage-grouse

Research on long-lived iteroparous species has shown that reproductive success may increase with age, until the onset of senescence and that prior reproductive success may influence current reproductive success. Such complex reproductive dynamics can comp...

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Livestock grazing affects over 60% of the world’s agricultural lands and can influence rangeland ecosystem services and the quantity and quality of wildlife habitat, resulting in changes in biodiversity. Concomitantly, livestock grazing has the potential
Effects of livestock grazing on rangeland biodiversity: A meta-analysis of grouse populations

Effects of livestock grazing on rangeland biodiversity: A meta-analysis of grouse populations

Livestock grazing affects over 60% of the world’s agricultural lands and can influence rangeland ecosystem services and the quantity and quality of wildlife habitat, resulting in changes in biodiversity. Concomitantly, livestock grazing has the potential

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Species conservation efforts often use short-term studies that fail to identify the vital rates that contribute most to population growth. Although the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) is a candidate for protection under the U.
Evaluating vital rate contributions to greater sage-grouse population dynamics to inform conservation

Evaluating vital rate contributions to greater sage-grouse population dynamics to inform conservation

Species conservation efforts often use short-term studies that fail to identify the vital rates that contribute most to population growth. Although the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) is a candidate for protection under the U....

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Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter sage-grouse) populations declined substantially during the 20th century (Connelly et al. 2004, Schroeder et al. 2004). These declines have been largely attributed to the loss and/or degradation of
Evaluation of Alternative Methods to Estimate Greater Sage-grouse Populations

Evaluation of Alternative Methods to Estimate Greater Sage-grouse Populations

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter sage-grouse) populations declined substantially during the 20th century (Connelly et al. 2004, Schroeder et al. 2004). These declines have been largely attributed to the loss and/or degradation of

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Recent declines in Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus, hereafter sage-grouse) populations have been attributed to low productivity and poor recruitment caused by declining habitat quantity and quality (Connelly and Braun 1997, Connelly et al.
Evaluation of brood detection techniques: Recommendations for estimating Greater sage-grouse productivity

Evaluation of brood detection techniques: Recommendations for estimating Greater sage-grouse productivity

Recent declines in Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus, hereafter sage-grouse) populations have been attributed to low productivity and poor recruitment caused by declining habitat quantity and quality (Connelly and Braun 1997, Connelly et al.

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Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) occupy an estimated 56% of the potential pre-European settlement range. Prior to this study, little was known about the seasonal movements and habitat-use patterns of sage-grouse that inhabit th
Factors Influencing the Ecology of Greater Sage-grouse Inhabiting the Bear Lake Plateau and Valley, Idaho and Utah

Factors Influencing the Ecology of Greater Sage-grouse Inhabiting the Bear Lake Plateau and Valley, Idaho and Utah

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) occupy an estimated 56% of the potential pre-European settlement range. Prior to this study, little was known about the seasonal movements and habitat-use patterns of sage-grouse that inhabit th...

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Estimating the climatic and habitat factors that affect animal movement patterns (e.g., migration, dispersal, site fidelity) is informative for management and conservation. Juvenile Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) have been identified as h
Factors affecting seasonal movements of juvenile Greater Sage-Grouse: A reconceptualized nest survival model

Factors affecting seasonal movements of juvenile Greater Sage-Grouse: A reconceptualized nest survival model

Estimating the climatic and habitat factors that affect animal movement patterns (e.g., migration, dispersal, site fidelity) is informative for management and conservation. Juvenile Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) have been identified as h...

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Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) adult hen and juvenile survival have been shown to have a significant influence on population growth rates. However, assessing the sensitivity of population growth rates to variability in juveni
Greater Sage-Grouse Juvenile Survival in Utah

Greater Sage-Grouse Juvenile Survival in Utah

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) adult hen and juvenile survival have been shown to have a significant influence on population growth rates. However, assessing the sensitivity of population growth rates to variability in juveni...

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The link between individual variation in resource selection (e.g., functional response) and fitness creates a foundation for understanding wildlife-habitat relationships. Although many anthropogenic activities adversely affect these relationships, it is l
Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Selection Drives Reproductive Fitness Under a Conifer Removal Strategy

Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Selection Drives Reproductive Fitness Under a Conifer Removal Strategy

The link between individual variation in resource selection (e.g., functional response) and fitness creates a foundation for understanding wildlife-habitat relationships. Although many anthropogenic activities adversely affect these relationships, it is l...

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Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) are sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) obligates that inhabit sagebrush areas throughout the West (Patterson 1952, Schroeder et al. 2004). Sage-grouse populations throughout much of this range have been declining (C
Greater Sage-Grouse Response to Sagebrush Management in Utah

Greater Sage-Grouse Response to Sagebrush Management in Utah

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) are sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) obligates that inhabit sagebrush areas throughout the West (Patterson 1952, Schroeder et al. 2004). Sage-grouse populations throughout much of this range have been declining (C...

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The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) is a species of conservation concern in Utah and range-wide due to declines in populations and threats to sagebrush habitat on which they depend. To effectively conserve the species, detaile
Greater Sage-Grouse Seasonal Habitat Models, Response to Juniper Reduction and Effects of Capture Behavior on Vital Rates, in Northwest Utah

Greater Sage-Grouse Seasonal Habitat Models, Response to Juniper Reduction and Effects of Capture Behavior on Vital Rates, in Northwest Utah

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) is a species of conservation concern in Utah and range-wide due to declines in populations and threats to sagebrush habitat on which they depend. To effectively conserve the species, detaile...

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Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) are a species of conservation concern throughout western North America. Obtaining valid population estimates is essential to understanding population trajectories and the effects of management.
Greater Sage-Grouse Sex Ratios in Utah: Implications for Reporting Population Trends

Greater Sage-Grouse Sex Ratios in Utah: Implications for Reporting Population Trends

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) are a species of conservation concern throughout western North America. Obtaining valid population estimates is essential to understanding population trajectories and the effects of management.

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A potential consequence of climate change, altered fire regimes, and a legacy of resource exploitation in western North America are the increased displacement of desirable sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) communities by invasive plant species. Annually, an esti
Greater Sage-Grouse Use of Mechanical Conifer Reduction Treatments in Northwest Utah

Greater Sage-Grouse Use of Mechanical Conifer Reduction Treatments in Northwest Utah

A potential consequence of climate change, altered fire regimes, and a legacy of resource exploitation in western North America are the increased displacement of desirable sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) communities by invasive plant species. Annually, an esti...

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Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems are diverse habitats found throughout western North America. Anthropogenic disturbances has resulted in the loss of over half of the sagebrush ecosystems impacting sagebrush obligate species such as sage-grouse (Centr
Greater Sage-Grouse and Community Responses to Strategies to Mitigate Environmental Resistance in an Anthropogenic Altered Sagebrush Landscape

Greater Sage-Grouse and Community Responses to Strategies to Mitigate Environmental Resistance in an Anthropogenic Altered Sagebrush Landscape

Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems are diverse habitats found throughout western North America. Anthropogenic disturbances has resulted in the loss of over half of the sagebrush ecosystems impacting sagebrush obligate species such as sage-grouse (Centr...

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Conservation of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) systems is one of the most difficult and pressing concerns in western North America. Sagebrush obligates, such as greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter sage-grouse), have experienced populatio
Greater Sage-grouse and Range Management: Insights from a 25-Year Case Study in Utah and Wyoming

Greater Sage-grouse and Range Management: Insights from a 25-Year Case Study in Utah and Wyoming

Conservation of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) systems is one of the most difficult and pressing concerns in western North America. Sagebrush obligates, such as greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter sage-grouse), have experienced populatio...

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Population declines of Greater Sage-Grouse ( Centrocercus urophasianus ) throughout the western United States have been attributed to the loss, degradation, and fragmentation of sagebrush ( Artemisia spp.) habitats. Increased energy development may furthe
Greater sage-grouse and natural gas development in Utah: Using population genetic data for conservation efforts

Greater sage-grouse and natural gas development in Utah: Using population genetic data for conservation efforts

Population declines of Greater Sage-Grouse ( Centrocercus urophasianus ) throughout the western United States have been attributed to the loss, degradation, and fragmentation of sagebrush ( Artemisia spp.) habitats. Increased energy development may furthe...

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Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) currently occupy an estimated 56% of the potential range-wide pre-European settlement habitat. Population declines have been largely attributed to direct habitat loss and fragmentation related t
Greater sage-grouse habitat selection and use patterns in response to vegetation management practices in northwestern Utah

Greater sage-grouse habitat selection and use patterns in response to vegetation management practices in northwestern Utah

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) currently occupy an estimated 56% of the potential range-wide pre-European settlement habitat. Population declines have been largely attributed to direct habitat loss and fragmentation related t...

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In Utah Greater sage-grouse (sage-grouse) habitat has been reduced to 50% of what is considered historical availability, due to habitat degradation and loss. We conducted a small study to determine the home range size, space use, and movement patterns of
Home Range and Movements of Greater sage-grouse in its Southern-most Distribution

Home Range and Movements of Greater sage-grouse in its Southern-most Distribution

In Utah Greater sage-grouse (sage-grouse) habitat has been reduced to 50% of what is considered historical availability, due to habitat degradation and loss. We conducted a small study to determine the home range size, space use, and movement patterns of

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Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) depend on sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) to complete its annual life cycle. The winter diet for sage-grouse consists almost entirely of sagebrush leaves, and individual birds may gain weight while f
Impact of sagebrush nutrients and monoterpenes on greater sage-grouse vital rates

Impact of sagebrush nutrients and monoterpenes on greater sage-grouse vital rates

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) depend on sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) to complete its annual life cycle. The winter diet for sage-grouse consists almost entirely of sagebrush leaves, and individual birds may gain weight while f...

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The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) is a species of conservation concern that occupies sagebrush-dominated (Artemisia spp.) landscapes across the western United States and southern Canada. In September 2015, as the result of a
Influence of Disturbance on Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Selection in Southern Utah

Influence of Disturbance on Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Selection in Southern Utah

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) is a species of conservation concern that occupies sagebrush-dominated (Artemisia spp.) landscapes across the western United States and southern Canada. In September 2015, as the result of a...

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The construction and operation of electric power transmission lines (“power lines”) and their associated infrastructure has been identified as a conservation threat to the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus ; sage-grouse). The conservation buf
Influence of transmission line construction on winter sage-grouse habitat use in southern Utah

Influence of transmission line construction on winter sage-grouse habitat use in southern Utah

The construction and operation of electric power transmission lines (“power lines”) and their associated infrastructure has been identified as a conservation threat to the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus ; sage-grouse). The conservation buf...

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) designated greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus ) as a candidate species to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act in 2010. Several states in the western United States have developed manage
Inter-seasonal movements in tri-state greater sage-grouse: implications for state-centric conservation plans

Inter-seasonal movements in tri-state greater sage-grouse: implications for state-centric conservation plans

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) designated greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus ) as a candidate species to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act in 2010. Several states in the western United States have developed manage...

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The fWS based their 2010 decision to designate sage-grouse as a candidate species for eSA protection on two listing factors: 1) continued habitat loss and fragmentation due to human influences and increased frequency of wildfires have resulted in range-wi
Lessons Learned from the Greater Sage-grouse: Challenges and Emerging Opportunities for Agriculture and Rural Communities

Lessons Learned from the Greater Sage-grouse: Challenges and Emerging Opportunities for Agriculture and Rural Communities

The fWS based their 2010 decision to designate sage-grouse as a candidate species for eSA protection on two listing factors: 1) continued habitat loss and fragmentation due to human influences and increased frequency of wildfires have resulted in range-wi...

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Sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp.) inhabit sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) rangelands of western North America (Patterson 1952, Schroeder et al. 2004). Sage-grouse utilize sagebrush during all life stages, thus their distribution is closely associated with sagebr
Managing Western Lands for Sage-grouse: The USDA NRCS Sage Grouse Restoration Project

Managing Western Lands for Sage-grouse: The USDA NRCS Sage Grouse Restoration Project

Sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp.) inhabit sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) rangelands of western North America (Patterson 1952, Schroeder et al. 2004). Sage-grouse utilize sagebrush during all life stages, thus their distribution is closely associated with sagebr...

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In situ measurements of sagebrush have traditionally been expensive and time consuming. Currently, improvements in small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) technology can be used to quantify sagebrush morphology and community structure with high resolution im
Measuring Height Characteristics of Sagebrush (Artemisia sp.) Using Imagery Derived from Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS)

Measuring Height Characteristics of Sagebrush (Artemisia sp.) Using Imagery Derived from Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS)

In situ measurements of sagebrush have traditionally been expensive and time consuming. Currently, improvements in small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) technology can be used to quantify sagebrush morphology and community structure with high resolution im...

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While range-wide population declines have prompted extensive research on greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), basic information about southern periphery populations, such as the Bald Hills population in southern Utah, has not been documented.
Modeling Habitat Use of a Fringe Greater Sage- Grouse Population at Multiple Spatial Scales

Modeling Habitat Use of a Fringe Greater Sage- Grouse Population at Multiple Spatial Scales

While range-wide population declines have prompted extensive research on greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), basic information about southern periphery populations, such as the Bald Hills population in southern Utah, has not been documented.

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Human enterprise has led to large-scale changes in landscapes and altered wildlife population distribution and abundance, necessitating efficient and effective conservation strategies for impacted species. Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; h
Nesting, brood rearing, and summer habitat selection by translocated greater sage-grouse in North Dakota, USA

Nesting, brood rearing, and summer habitat selection by translocated greater sage-grouse in North Dakota, USA

Human enterprise has led to large-scale changes in landscapes and altered wildlife population distribution and abundance, necessitating efficient and effective conservation strategies for impacted species. Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; h...

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Range Rider Programs (RRPs) is one example of a proactive non-lethal tool that has been implemented in the western United States to mitigate wolf-livestock conflicts. I surveyed 51 participants from 17 RRPs in Montana, Washington, and Oregon to develop a
Participant Perceptions of Range Rider Programs Used to Mitigate Wolf-Livestock Conflicts in the Western United States

Participant Perceptions of Range Rider Programs Used to Mitigate Wolf-Livestock Conflicts in the Western United States

Range Rider Programs (RRPs) is one example of a proactive non-lethal tool that has been implemented in the western United States to mitigate wolf-livestock conflicts. I surveyed 51 participants from 17 RRPs in Montana, Washington, and Oregon to develop a

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Across the range of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse), collaborative groups focused on local-scale sage-grouse management, known as local working groups (LWGs), have been a core component of state-level efforts toward the conser
Participatory research in sage-grouse local working groups: case studies from Utah

Participatory research in sage-grouse local working groups: case studies from Utah

Across the range of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse), collaborative groups focused on local-scale sage-grouse management, known as local working groups (LWGs), have been a core component of state-level efforts toward the conser...

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Much interest lies in the identification of manageable habitat variables that affect key vital rates for species of concern. For ground-nesting birds, vegetation surrounding the nest may play an important role in mediating nest success by providing conc
Phenology largely explains taller grass at successful nests in greater sage-grouse

Phenology largely explains taller grass at successful nests in greater sage-grouse

Much interest lies in the identification of manageable habitat variables that affect key vital rates for species of concern. For ground-nesting birds, vegetation surrounding the nest may play an important role in mediating nest success by providing conc

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Declining populations of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter sage-grouse) have increased stakeholder concerns regarding the management and stability of the species range-wide. Numerous conservation strategies have been identified to
Population Dynamics and Movements of Translocated and Resident Greater Sage-grouse on Anthro Mountain, Utah

Population Dynamics and Movements of Translocated and Resident Greater Sage-grouse on Anthro Mountain, Utah

Declining populations of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter sage-grouse) have increased stakeholder concerns regarding the management and stability of the species range-wide. Numerous conservation strategies have been identified to

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Translocations have been recommended to reestablish, augment, and sustain genetic diversity in declining wildlife populations, including greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse). Characteristics of successful sage-grouse translocations
Population Vital Rates of Resident and Translocated Female Greater Sage-Grouse

Population Vital Rates of Resident and Translocated Female Greater Sage-Grouse

Translocations have been recommended to reestablish, augment, and sustain genetic diversity in declining wildlife populations, including greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse). Characteristics of successful sage-grouse translocations...

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In the western United States, fire has become a significant concern in the management of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentataNutt.) ecosystems. This is due to large-scale increases in the cover of the fire-prone invasive annual cheatgrass (Bromus tectorumL
Potential for post-fire recovery of Greater Sage-grouse habitat

Potential for post-fire recovery of Greater Sage-grouse habitat

In the western United States, fire has become a significant concern in the management of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentataNutt.) ecosystems. This is due to large-scale increases in the cover of the fire-prone invasive annual cheatgrass (Bromus tectorumL...

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Mapping suitable habitat is an important process in wildlife conservation planning. Species distribution reflects habitat selection processes occurring across multiple spatio-temporal scales. Because habitat selection may be driven by different factors at
Predicting greater sage-grouse habitat selection at the southern periphery of their range

Predicting greater sage-grouse habitat selection at the southern periphery of their range

Mapping suitable habitat is an important process in wildlife conservation planning. Species distribution reflects habitat selection processes occurring across multiple spatio-temporal scales. Because habitat selection may be driven by different factors at...

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Need for information on the LWGs identified in the Rangewide Conservation Strategy for sage-grouse.
Sage-Grouse Local Working Groups: An Overview of Needs

Sage-Grouse Local Working Groups: An Overview of Needs

Need for information on the LWGs identified in the Rangewide Conservation Strategy for sage-grouse.

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The State of Utah has a long history and tradition of successful wildlife management and conservation. Utah Code Title 23 establishes and defines the State’s legal wildlife management authority within the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). In the
Sage-grouse Conservation and Management in Utah

Sage-grouse Conservation and Management in Utah

The State of Utah has a long history and tradition of successful wildlife management and conservation. Utah Code Title 23 establishes and defines the State’s legal wildlife management authority within the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). In the...

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The loss and fragmentation of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) landscapes in the West have caused the decline of sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp.) range-wide. The grouse depend on sagebrush-dominated landscapes for food and cover. Sagebrush is critically importan
Sage-grouse Habitat in Utah

Sage-grouse Habitat in Utah

The loss and fragmentation of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) landscapes in the West have caused the decline of sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp.) range-wide. The grouse depend on sagebrush-dominated landscapes for food and cover. Sagebrush is critically importan...

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Dr. David Dahlgren's professional pursuits focus on providing science-based information concerning wildlife habitat and ecosystem management within working landscapes, especially on western North American rangelands. His role is primarily within Utah Stat
Sage-grouse Nests in an Active Conifer Mastication Site

Sage-grouse Nests in an Active Conifer Mastication Site

Dr. David Dahlgren's professional pursuits focus on providing science-based information concerning wildlife habitat and ecosystem management within working landscapes, especially on western North American rangelands. His role is primarily within Utah Stat...

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The State of Utah has a long history and tradition of successful wildlife management and conservation. In the case of the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), significant contributions to the science, management, and conservation of the specie
Sage-grouse conservation and Management Through Science

Sage-grouse conservation and Management Through Science

The State of Utah has a long history and tradition of successful wildlife management and conservation. In the case of the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), significant contributions to the science, management, and conservation of the specie...

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Parker Mountain, is located in south-central Utah, it consists of 153 780 ha of high elevation rangelands dominated by black sagebrush (Artemisia nova A. Nelson), and mountain big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata Nutt. subsp. vaseyana [Rybd.] Beetle) commu
Sagebrush Ecology of Parker Mountain, Utah

Sagebrush Ecology of Parker Mountain, Utah

Parker Mountain, is located in south-central Utah, it consists of 153 780 ha of high elevation rangelands dominated by black sagebrush (Artemisia nova A. Nelson), and mountain big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata Nutt. subsp. vaseyana [Rybd.] Beetle) commu...

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Delineation, protection, and restoration of habitats provide the basis for endangered and threatened species recovery plans. Species recovery plans typically contain guidelines that provide managers with a scientific basis to designate and manage critical
Sage‐Grouse Breeding and Late Brood‐Rearing Habitat Guidelines in Utah

Sage‐Grouse Breeding and Late Brood‐Rearing Habitat Guidelines in Utah

Delineation, protection, and restoration of habitats provide the basis for endangered and threatened species recovery plans. Species recovery plans typically contain guidelines that provide managers with a scientific basis to designate and manage critical...

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Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) is considered an umbrella species for sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) landscapes in western North America. In 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined sage-grouse unwarranted for protectio
Seasonal Movements of Greater Sage-grouse Populations in Utah: Implications for Species Conservation

Seasonal Movements of Greater Sage-grouse Populations in Utah: Implications for Species Conservation

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) is considered an umbrella species for sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) landscapes in western North America. In 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined sage-grouse unwarranted for protectio...

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The U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 required all state and federal agencies to grant utility access permits to promote reliable, renewable energy production and transmission. Contemporary transmission relies largely on above-ground electric transmission st
Stakeholder contemporary knowledge needs regarding the potential effects of tall structures on sage-grouse

Stakeholder contemporary knowledge needs regarding the potential effects of tall structures on sage-grouse

The U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 required all state and federal agencies to grant utility access permits to promote reliable, renewable energy production and transmission. Contemporary transmission relies largely on above-ground electric transmission st...

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The Paunsaugunt Plateau, located in South-Central Utah is well known as home to one of North America's premier trophy mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) herds. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) Paunsaugunt Plateau Deer Management Unit (DMU) enco
Summer Habitat Use and Migration Movements of the Paunsaugunt Plateau Mule Deer Herd

Summer Habitat Use and Migration Movements of the Paunsaugunt Plateau Mule Deer Herd

The Paunsaugunt Plateau, located in South-Central Utah is well known as home to one of North America's premier trophy mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) herds. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) Paunsaugunt Plateau Deer Management Unit (DMU) enco...

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Survival of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) has been well described in large populations across the species range. Very little published information exists, however, on survival rates of translocated sage-grouse or grouse from a long-term
Survival of Resident and Translocated Greater Sage-Grouse in Strawberry Valley, Utah: A 13-Year Study

Survival of Resident and Translocated Greater Sage-Grouse in Strawberry Valley, Utah: A 13-Year Study

Survival of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) has been well described in large populations across the species range. Very little published information exists, however, on survival rates of translocated sage-grouse or grouse from a long-term

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Anthropogenic infrastructure can negatively affect wildlife through direct mortality and/or displacement behaviors. Some tetranoids (grouse spp.) species are particularly vulnerable to tall anthropogenic structures because they evolved in ecosystems void
The effects of electric power lines on the breeding ecology of greater sage-grouse

The effects of electric power lines on the breeding ecology of greater sage-grouse

Anthropogenic infrastructure can negatively affect wildlife through direct mortality and/or displacement behaviors. Some tetranoids (grouse spp.) species are particularly vulnerable to tall anthropogenic structures because they evolved in ecosystems void

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Sage grouse Centrocercus urophasianus have been translocated in at least seven states and one Canadian province, but little published information documents the success of these attempts. Historical and recent efforts at translocations are reviewed, their
Translocations of sage grouse Centrocercus urophasianus in North America

Translocations of sage grouse Centrocercus urophasianus in North America

Sage grouse Centrocercus urophasianus have been translocated in at least seven states and one Canadian province, but little published information documents the success of these attempts. Historical and recent efforts at translocations are reviewed, their

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Wildlife managers need current human dimensions information to develop outreach and management programs that address public concerns about predation and predator management. No human dimensions studies assessing public attitudes toward managing medium-siz
United States public attitudes regarding predators and their management to enhance avian recruitment

United States public attitudes regarding predators and their management to enhance avian recruitment

Wildlife managers need current human dimensions information to develop outreach and management programs that address public concerns about predation and predator management. No human dimensions studies assessing public attitudes toward managing medium-siz...

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Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) constitutes the majority (>99%) of sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp.) winter diets. Thus, the identification and protection of important winter habitats is a conservation priority. However, not all sagebrush may be alike.
Using Gas Chromatography to Determine Winter Diets of Greater Sage-Grouse in Utah

Using Gas Chromatography to Determine Winter Diets of Greater Sage-Grouse in Utah

Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) constitutes the majority (>99%) of sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp.) winter diets. Thus, the identification and protection of important winter habitats is a conservation priority. However, not all sagebrush may be alike.

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WREN Project: Population Experiments for High School Students. Powerpoint presentation "Using Scientific Method to Study Wildlife Populations".
Using Scientific Method to Study Wildlife Populations

Using Scientific Method to Study Wildlife Populations

WREN Project: Population Experiments for High School Students. Powerpoint presentation "Using Scientific Method to Study Wildlife Populations".

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The “green wave” hypothesis posits that during spring consumers track spatial gradients in emergent vegetation and associated foraging opportunities. This idea has largely been invoked to explain animal migration patterns, yet the general phenomenon under
Using satellite-derived estimates of plant phenological rhythms to predict sage-grouse nesting chronology

Using satellite-derived estimates of plant phenological rhythms to predict sage-grouse nesting chronology

The “green wave” hypothesis posits that during spring consumers track spatial gradients in emergent vegetation and associated foraging opportunities. This idea has largely been invoked to explain animal migration patterns, yet the general phenomenon under...

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Do you have sage-grouse on your land? Have you ever wondered how that might be turned into a benefit to you or your property? Or how you can help prevent these birds from declining? Utah’s Sage-grouse Compensatory Mitigation Program (CMP) may provide an o
Using satellite-derived estimates of plant phenological rhythms to predict sage-grouse nesting chronology

Using satellite-derived estimates of plant phenological rhythms to predict sage-grouse nesting chronology

Do you have sage-grouse on your land? Have you ever wondered how that might be turned into a benefit to you or your property? Or how you can help prevent these birds from declining? Utah’s Sage-grouse Compensatory Mitigation Program (CMP) may provide an o...

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In 2006, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) entered into a cooperative agreement with Utah’s Community-Based Conservation Program (CBCP) to have CBCP staff coordinate and facilitate the development of a statewide conservation plan for Gunnison
Utah Gunnison’s and White-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Plan

Utah Gunnison’s and White-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Plan

In 2006, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) entered into a cooperative agreement with Utah’s Community-Based Conservation Program (CBCP) to have CBCP staff coordinate and facilitate the development of a statewide conservation plan for Gunnison...

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Translocations have been used as a management strategy to successfully augment declining native wildlife populations. Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) population declines on Anthro Mountain, Utah prompted managers to translocat
Vital Rates, Population Trends, and Habitat-Use Patterns of a Translocated Greater Sage-Grouse Population: Implications for Future Translocations

Vital Rates, Population Trends, and Habitat-Use Patterns of a Translocated Greater Sage-Grouse Population: Implications for Future Translocations

Translocations have been used as a management strategy to successfully augment declining native wildlife populations. Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse) population declines on Anthro Mountain, Utah prompted managers to translocat...

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Declines in greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus ; hereafter, sage-grouse) populations in Utah over the last century parallel range-wide trends. However, little is known about the ecology of sage-grouse populations that inhabit Utah’s naturally
Vitals rates and seasonal movements of two isolated greater sage-grouse popula- tions in Utah’s West Desert

Vitals rates and seasonal movements of two isolated greater sage-grouse popula- tions in Utah’s West Desert

Declines in greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus ; hereafter, sage-grouse) populations in Utah over the last century parallel range-wide trends. However, little is known about the ecology of sage-grouse populations that inhabit Utah’s naturally

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Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse), as their name implies, depend on sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) for their survival. In fact, during the winter sage-grouse survive by only eating sagebrush.
What Does a Sage-Grouse Eat?

What Does a Sage-Grouse Eat?

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse), as their name implies, depend on sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) for their survival. In fact, during the winter sage-grouse survive by only eating sagebrush.

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Sage-grouse are a landscape-level species (fig. 1). They depend on sagebrush habitats on private and public land in 11 Western States and two Canadian provinces. Sage-grouse populations across this range have been declining over the last several decades d
Working with Sage-Grouse Local Working Groups: A Practical Guide for NRCS Staff

Working with Sage-Grouse Local Working Groups: A Practical Guide for NRCS Staff

Sage-grouse are a landscape-level species (fig. 1). They depend on sagebrush habitats on private and public land in 11 Western States and two Canadian provinces. Sage-grouse populations across this range have been declining over the last several decades d...