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Contrary to the prevailing view of sage-grouse as choosy specialists sensitive to slight variations in fine-scale vegetation structure, comparisons of nests to available sites among dozens of studies revealed that females pick nest sites nearly indistinguishable from their surroundings across the diverse sagebrush vegetation types found across their range. While shrub height and cover were almost always slightly greater at nests, herbaceous vegetation virtually mirrored availability. Figure courtesy of Joe Smith.