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

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.

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 Smith Taking the Bias Out of Sage Grouse Nesting Studies

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.

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

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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Featured Friends

Do Elk Need Sagebrush?

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.

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.

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Success Stories

BLM Land Soda Fire Restoration stop -BLM’s public land work with ranchers, agency, and non-government partners pays dividends in successful cross boundary restoration Lessons & Photos from SGI’s 8th Annual Workshop: Combating Wildfire & Weeds

The 2018 SGI field tour and presentations focused on cooperative, science-based conservation that’s working to thwart fire and invasives in sagebrush country.

Robin Laakso (right) and Oleg Katsitadze (left) are conservation-minded individuals at the Cornelia B. Ranch in Crook County, Oregon. #FridaysOnTheFarm: Restoring Sagebrush Country With ‘Modern Wildfire’

Through the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI), private landowners across Eastern Oregon are volunteering to perform proactive conservation treatments on their rangeland to promote healthy habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife.

In Idaho, agencies and landowners work together to restore sagebrush range. Photo: L. Ridenhour, BLM Flickr Idaho Models “3 C’s”: Collaboration, Cooperation, Conservation

In Idaho, agencies and landowners are working together across boundaries to restore sagebrush country.

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Photos & Videos

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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