Symposium: Identifying and Managing Threats to Great Basin Greater Sage-Grouse Populations

Photo by Ken Miracle

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:30am to 5:00pm

Where: Peppermill Resort, Reno, Nevada

Host: The Wildlife Society

Register: $90 pre-registration rate/$65 pre-registration rate for students/early career professional/retirees. This event is a symposia held prior to the Western Section of The Wildlife Society 2017 Annual meeting and requires separate registration.

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Throughout the range of greater sage-grouse, populations have experienced declines over the last 50 years. Within the Great Basin, declines of sage-grouse are thought to be attributed to juniper expansion, altered fire regimes, conversion of sagebrush habitat to annual grasslands, and grazing by non-native ungulates. This symposium will address the effects each of these components have on sage-grouse populations with the best available science and provide recommendations for management.

Researchers will discuss how sage-grouse life history and demographic rates respond to these threats. Managers will discuss how to implement conservation actions on private, corporate,
and public lands. The goal of this symposium is to provide information regarding perceived and realized threats to greater sage-grouse populations within the Great Basin. The symposium will conclude with a moderated panel discussion with panelists Jim Sedinger, Pete Coates, Christian Hagen, and Shawn Espinosa, with the opportunity for the audience questions.


  • Gail Patriceli – How loud is too loud? The impact of gas field noise on greater sage-grouse
    lek trends
  • Tessa Behnke – Reproductive cost for female greater sage-grouse
  • Phillip Street – Late summer habitat as a limiting factor of fitness for greater sage-grouse
  • Kristin Kane – Using fitness landscapes and life table response experiments to predict the
    importance of local areas to regional population dynamics
  • Christian Hagen – Greater sage-grouse and the big squeeze: conservation challenges and
    opportunities in the Great Basin
  • Andrew Olsen – Improved greater sage-grouse vital rates after western juniper removal
  • Pete Coates – Using sage-grouse habitat suitability and gene flow as ecological currency in
    spatially explicit decision support tools for pinyon-juniper management
  • Mark Ricca – Linked effects of pinyon-juniper encroachment on sage-grouse movements,
    habitat selection, and fitness
  • Shawn Espinosa – The greater sage-grouse challenge: Juggling habitat conservation,
    improvement and cumulative effects of anthropogenic development
  • Jim Sedinger – Transmission line impacts on greater sage-grouse populations
  • Digger Anthony – Acute demographic response of greater sage-grouse following a mega-wildfire
  • Katie Andrle – The Nevada conservation credit system: A mechanism for achieving net
    conservation gain for greater sage-grouse habitat in Nevada
  • Thad Heater – NRCS Sage Grouse Initiative mesic & riparian meadow conservation


Learn more


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.