BACK
TO TOP

Science to Solutions

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

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

sage grouse on nest Conifer Removal Boosts Sage Grouse Success

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.

Sagebrush Songbirds Under the Sage Grouse Umbrella

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.

To read more Science to Solutions >

Featured Friends

Featured Friend: Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

“Collaboration is the key to pulling off the largest conservation success story in the West, ” says Virgil Moore, Director of Idaho Fish and Game and Chairman of WAFWA’s Sagebrush Executive Oversight Committee. Read more about WAFWA.

Carol Dunten is the chairman of the Harney County SWCD. She and her husband Alfred are 5th generation conservationists, and proud advocates of voluntary programs like the Sage Grouse Initiative. Featured Friend: Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District

In Oregon’s largest county — where cattle outnumber people 14 to 1 — the local soil and water conservation district has a recipe for collaborative conservation that’s improving the odds for both sage grouse and ranchers.

wood river land trust sgi featured friend Featured Friend: Wood River Land Trust

In Idaho’s sage grouse country, unique partnerships are protecting precious open spaces. The Wood River Land Trust is spearheading collaborative and creative projects that benefit birds as well as a host of sagebrush-dependent wildlife.

To read more Featured Friends >

Success Stories

Liz With and Greg Peterson have a wonderful working relationship, an important ingredient for SGI conservation success in sagebrush country. Meet Greg: A Sagebush Habitat Hero

by Jodi Stemler | Check out this multimedia story about how an SGI-enrolled rancher is leading the way in stewarding working lands and wildlife on his ranch in Colorado’s Gunnison Basin.

Stewardship With Vision | David Spicer Conserves Habitat In Nevada

Nevada rancher and miner shares his story of why he believes in conserving Nevada’s Oasis Valley in a new video produced by the Western Landowners Alliance.

Getting dirty is fun in Gunnison! Learning how to build rock structures in wet meadows means lots of mud and heavy lifting, but SGI workshop participants had plenty to smile about as they worked together to fix streams. Photo: Brianna Randall Learning To Think Like Water & Photos From SGI’s 7th Annual Workshop

Over 170 sagebrush conservation partners from around the West met in Colorado to learn what’s working for the bird and the herd. Watch the video here!

To read more Success Stories >

Photos & Videos

Browse Photos: Please feel free to download photos for news articles, presentations, and other noncommercial uses. However, DO include photo credits to support our wonderful photographers and partners.

Featured SGI Videos You Won’t Want to Miss (6 mins each!):

The Sage Grouse Initiative Story
Conserving Wet (Mesic) Habitat
Developing Grazing Systems
Tackling Conifer Encroachment
Establishing Conservation Easements
Saving Sage Grouse: The Wyoming Example

Featured Webinars and Training Tools:

Browse all SGI videos on the SGI YouTube Channel.

Learning Tools

*Email lori.reed@iwjv.org to request print copies

Posters

Conserve Our Western Roots poster, flyers, and postcards

Healthy Sagebrush Communities interactive poster

Educational Tools For Kids

Sammy’s Quest to Save the West by Bureau of Land Management

Ranger Rick’s Spotlight on Greater Sage-Grouse by National Wildlife Federation

Sagebrush Ecosystem Curriculum by USFWS

Sagebrush Ecosystem Kids Page by Audubon Rockies

Sage-Grouse Education / Activities for Kids by BLM

Seriously Sage Coloring Book by USDA

Bird Feats by Deborah Richie

Guides

Mesic Habitat Conservation Planning Guide and Outreach Brochure

Great Basin Factsheet Series 2016: Information and tools to conserve and restore Great Basin ecosystems (For hard copies of the compilation, contact: Génie MontBlanc at 775-784-1107 or emb@cabnr.unr.edu)

Sagebrush Bird Habitat Guide

Pocket Guide to Sagebrush*

Pocket Guide to Sagebrush Birds*

Greater Sage-Grouse Field Indicator Guide (NRCS Montana)

Landowner Guide to Sage Grouse Conservation in Wyoming

Sage Grouse Habitat in Utah: A Guide for Landowners and Managers

Sage Grouse Habitat in Idaho: A Practical Guide for Landowners and Managers

Birds in a Sagebrush Sea: Managing Habitats for Bird Communities

2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation

* Contact Point Blue to order hard copies for your field visits!

Wildlife-Friendly Fences

Frequently Asked Questions on Marking Fences to Prevent Sage Grouse Collisions

Science to Solutions: Marking High-Risk Fences Saves Sage Grouse

A Landowner’s Guide to Wildlife Friendly Fences, Montana version

A Landowner’s Guide to Wildlife Friendly Fences, Wyoming Version

Applying the Sage-grouse Fence Collision Risk Tool to Reduce Bird Strikes

Water Tanks

Livestock Water Tanks and Sage Grouse: A Landowner’s Guide

Livestock Water Tanks: Ladder Design

Webinars

Visit the SGI YouTube Channel for the Webinar Playlist: Training information all in one easy place!

Maps

SGI Interactive Web Map

More range maps available here on the USFWS website.

See Places and Projects for locations of SGI field work.

Books and Stories

Save the Last Dance by Joel Vance

Birds in a Sagebrush Sea by Christine Paige

The Sagebrush Sea by Stephen Trimble

Pollinators & Sage Grouse Fact Sheet by USFS

Why Care About Sagebrush? Fact Sheet by USFWS

Grouse of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Article by Michael A. Schroeder