Science to Solutions

SGI scientist Brady Allred explains how free, online landscape-level data informs conservation decisions for sage grouse.Harnessing Technology Improves Conservation Effectiveness

March 20, 2018

Innovative Web App increases conservation effectiveness on working lands in the American West by matching the right practices to the right places using emerging science and technology.

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New findings show that it’s more accurate to measure grass height for all nests – failed or hatched – at the predicted hatch date. Photo: Joe SmithTaking the Bias Out of Sage Grouse Nesting Studies

November 27, 2017

This new Science to Solutions shows that grass height may not be as crucial to nesting success as previously thought, since hatched nests are measured later than failed nests.

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Grazing Management In Perspective: A Compatible Tool For Sage Grouse Conservation

August 28, 2017

New research shows that — done right — livestock grazing may help conserve sage grouse habitat by keeping working ranches profitable and sustainable.

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Photo of sage grouse in flight by Tatiana Gettelman.Sage Grouse Need Intact Landscapes For Long-Distance Movement

March 28, 2017

New science shows that keeping big landscapes healthy and connected is essential for maintaining bigger-than-expected sage grouse movements.

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sage grouse on nestConifer Removal Boosts Sage Grouse Success

January 26, 2017

New research shows that 86% of hens avoided nesting in sagebrush habitat invaded by conifers. Luckily, the studies also show that removing conifers in otherwise high-quality habitat is a boon to nesting sage grouse.

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Sagebrush Songbirds Under the Sage Grouse Umbrella

October 25, 2016

New songbird maps provide tools to help expand the benefits of sage grouse conservation to more wildlife species in the sagebrush community. Learn more from our latest Science to Solutions report on the wide-ranging impacts of improving sagebrush habitat.

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Wet areas are critical for sage grouse in late summer -- removing encroaching conifers helps retain water for the benefit of wildlife and ranching operations.Sagebrush Rangelands Help Maintain Water Availability

August 3, 2016

Water delivery is delayed by an average of nine days in sagebrush systems compared to juniper-dominated systems. Holding water later into the summer season helps the sagebrush system become more diverse, benefiting vegetation, wildlife, and ranchers. This is one of the greatest services that an ecosystem can provide in the West.

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Sage grouse depend on a delicate balance of sagebrush habitats.Grazing and Sagebrush Treatments: A 25-year Case Study in Utah

January 9, 2016

The newest Science to Solutions report is based on findings from a 25-year case study on a ranch in Utah. The study shows that sustainable grazing practices and sagebrush treatments enhanced herbaceous understory for sage grouse in years with average winters, but that bird populations declined following severe winters.

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Sagebrush Songbirds Benefit from Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration

September 9, 2015

New research released as part of the Sage Grouse Initiative’s Science to Solutions series shows that restoring sagebrush ecosystems not only benefits ranching and sage grouse but other wildlife, too, including key songbirds.

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Reducing Cultivation of Grazing Lands Conserves Sage Grouse

July 13, 2015

In the northeast part of sage grouse range, 70% of the best habitat is privately owned-–and the single greatest threat in this region is cultivation of native sagebrush grazing lands. Read more in this new Science to Solutions report.

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