Sage Whiz Quiz | Life Cycle of Sage Grouse
September 29, 2020
Male sage grouse in sagebrush country.
Photo: Jeremy Roberts, Conservation Media
- Sage grouse chicks are born with their eyes open and are covered in down when they emerge from the egg.
- In late summer, hens and chicks typically move to wet areas where still-green plants and abundant insects provide much the birds with needed nutrients to sustain them for the upcoming winter.
- Sage grouse do not migrate like other birds, but they do move from summer range to winter range, often congregating in large flocks during winter to help avoid predation.
- When they are fully grown, sage grouse are the largest North American grouse species. Females weigh between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds; males weigh between 4 and 7 pounds.
Sagebrush country sustains 350 species as well as hundreds of rural communities and our way of life in the American West. The Sage Grouse Initiative works with ranchers on conservation strategies that benefit working lands and wildlife.
The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.