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Researchers recommend waiting to measure grass height until after the predicted hatch date for all nests. Photo by Joe Smith.Webinar: Effects Of Livestock Grazing On Sage Grouse Nesting Ecology

December 28, 2017

When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018  |  10:00 – 11:00 am PST

Host: NRCS West National Technology Support Center

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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 SmithTaking the Bias Out of Sage Grouse Nesting Studies

November 27, 2017

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.

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

August 28, 2017

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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Meadowlarks depend on grassland habitat, which exist mainly on private land that receives support from the Farm Bill. Western Meadowlark by Donald Metzner.New State of the Birds Report: Farm Bill Pays Off For People & Birds

August 10, 2017

The Farm Bill is America’s single largest source of conservation funding for private lands. The 2017 ‘State of the Birds’ report shows the many benefits its programs have delivered to birds, farmers, and rural communities.

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Ranch Conservation Partnership Thrives In Eastern Montana

August 7, 2017

by Leo Barthelmess | Ranchers working with the NRCS and others are helping sustain and improve habitat in a way that also improves ranch operations.

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montana conservation grasslands birdsHow Do Conservation Easements Work?

April 20, 2017

In Montana, landowners have partnered with local land trusts to conserve 2 million acres. Expert Lisa McCauley from NRCS explains why easements work for ranchers and wildlife.

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montana conservation grasslands birdsNew Easements in Montana Protect the Longest Known Sage Grouse Migration Corridor

June 30, 2016

The Nature Conservancy has secured conservation easements that preserve both the West’s ranching heritage and sage-grass habitat on 25,000 acres of the Carroll Ranch. The newest 16,000-acre easement was funded in part by the Sage Grouse Initiative.

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MosesCoulee with Kevin Guinn SGIKevin Guinn, USDA “Unsung Hero” Awardee, Tells How Range Conservation Makes A Difference

May 3, 2016

Kevin Guinn, has worked as an NRCS Range Management Specialist since 1980. Today, Kevin is receiving the USDA’s 2016 “Unsung Hero Award” in Washington D.C. for his excellent commitment to conservation. Learn how he works with ranchers to conserve sagebrush rangeland.

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cow or plow MT outdoorsMontana Outdoors Magazine | “Ranching the Best Hope for Grassland Songbirds”

March 18, 2016

by Catherine Wightman | Ranchers manage their land to sustain grass production, which benefits bovines and birds on Montana’s agricultural Hi-Line.

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