Sage Whiz Quiz | Sagebrush
January 17, 2019
Wet meadow with sagebrush – Brianna Randall
1. Sagebrush gets its pungent smell from camphor, terpenoids and other volatile oils.
2. Sagebrush is an evergreen shrub; though individuals may lose some leaves in late summer, the plant generally retains its leaves year-round.
3. Sagebrush produce large amounts of pollen in late summer or early fall, along with thousands of tiny flowers and are pollinated by wind rather than insects. In late summer, the flowers mature, and in late fall, the seeds mature and are spread by wind and animals.
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.