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Wildfires are now more frequent and more intense in sagebrush country, largely due to the invasion of non-native annual grasses. Photo: Winnemucca BLMWhat Causes Wildfires In The West?

April 23, 2018

Wildfires are now more frequent and more intense in sagebrush country. Learn why (and how to reduce fire risk) from BLM fire planner Darcy McDaniel.

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Why Is Cheatgrass Bad?

January 30, 2018

Mike Pellant with the Bureau of Land Management explains how cheatgrass and wildfire create a vicious cycle that harms wildlife and our way of life in the West … and gives solutions that are helping to reduce these threats.

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Wildlife photographer, Noppadol Paothong, photographs Lesser Prairie Chicken on the lek located at Selman Ranch near Buffalo, OK.What’s It Like To Photograph Sage Grouse?

October 23, 2017

Wildlife photographer, Noppadol Paothong, spent 5 years on his newly released book, Sage Grouse: Icon of the West. Learn how and why he created this beautiful book featuring our favorite upland bird.

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Do Elk Need Sagebrush?

September 11, 2017

Learn how elk use sagebrush habitat — and how much their range overlaps with sage grouse — from expert Tom Roman of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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How Do We Find (And Protect) Precious Wet Places In The West?

May 10, 2017

Mesic areas comprise only 1-2% of the western landscape, but 80% of animals depend on them — including sage grouse and livestock. Learn why they’re important and how to conserve them.

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montana conservation grasslands birdsHow Do Conservation Easements Work?

April 20, 2017

In Montana, landowners have partnered with local land trusts to conserve 2 million acres. Expert Lisa McCauley from NRCS explains why easements work for ranchers and wildlife.

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Chad Harter Winter Sage Grouse 640What Do Sage Grouse Do All Winter?

February 1, 2017

Sage grouse are tough birds, surviving through cold winters in western North America. Learn how they thrive, even during the harshest months.

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Researchers carefully attach a lightweight radio transmitter to this days-old sage grouse chick to monitor its survival. Photo by Kenton Rowe.Tag, you’re it! How do researchers track sage grouse chicks?

November 7, 2016

Meet expert Mark Szczypinski with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. He tells us all about how to track sage grouse hens and their chicks.

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Meet Michael Brown, Our New Field Capacity Coordinator — Helping People Make Big Things Happen

October 20, 2016

What does ‘field capacity’ mean when it comes to protecting and restoring sagebrush habitat? SGI’s newest core staff member, Michael Brown, explains the important role of people and partners in making a landscape-scale difference in the West.

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photo side by side of gunnison and greater sage grouseWhat’s The Difference Between Gunnison And Greater Sage-Grouse?

September 28, 2016

Did you know that Gunnison sage-grouse have longer ponytails than greater sage-grouse? Learn more about the differences between the two species from expert Marcella Fremgen, a private lands range ecologist in Colorado.

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