The Sage Grouse in Wyoming

Author: Robert L. Patterson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781932846317

Category: Nature

Page: 468

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First published in 1952 The Sage Grouse in Wyoming was a seminal work, the first comprehensive study of the several species of western grouse. The author, Robert L. Patterson led the study from 1948 - 1952. This comprehensive treatise includes the first complete study of the natural history of the sage grouse, initially described by Lewis and Clark in 1806. The book is divided into three parts. Part I presents an overall view of the physical and biotic environment, diseases, parasites and other factors influencing population density. Part II is devoted to natural history and Part III is devoted to the influence of man's activities on population density.

Sage Grouse

Icon of the West

Author: Kathy Love

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984000739

Category: Nature

Page: 180

View: 1078

Richly illustrated with photographs by award-winning nature photographer Noppadol Paothong, and accompanied by the text of accomplished natural history writer Kathy Love, this book tells the story of the sage-grouse, its habitat in the vast Sagebrush Sea of the Intermountain West, and the threats faced by both. Although the sage-grouse once flourished in many Western US states and provinces of Canada, in the past century its populations have diminished drastically. Today, fewer than 400,000 sage-grouse remain, and conservative legislation challenging the preservation of public wild lands increasingly threatens the sage- grouse. This book is designed not only to build awareness on the issues threatening the sage-grouse, but to stimulate and inspire readers to join the fight for environmental conservation and wilderness preservation. Bird lovers, nature enthusiasts, and residents of the American West will delight in viewing the beauty of the sage-grouse and emerge with a deeper sense of the many interests affecting the sagebrush ecosystem and the conservation efforts being implemented. This book is one of the most visually stunning and comprehensive documentations of one of the most iconic species of the United States, great for Bird lovers, nature enthusiasts, students, and residents of the American West.

The Wild Wyoming Range

Author: Ronald H. Chilcote,Susan Marsh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984000708

Category: Wilderness areas

Page: 120

View: 7193

The Wild Wyoming Range edited by Ronald H. Chilcote and Susan Marsh, is a celebration of the efforts done by individuals and organizations to protect and conserve the Wyoming Range lands. This exquisite publication highlights the beauty and wild life of the Wyoming Range through extraordinary photographs from Ronald H. Chilcote, Susan Marsh, Tom Mangelsen, Henry Holdworth, Fred Pflughoft, Fran Chilcote, and Rita Donham. Accompanying the four portfolios of photographs - of the Wyoming Range, the Greys River area, the Salt River Front, and the southern ranges -are essays by Susan Marsh, Florence Shepard, Erik Movar, and C.L. Rawlins.

Falconer on the Edge

A Man, His Birds, and the Vanishing Landscape of the American West

Author: Rachel Dickinson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618806232

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

View: 6097

Documents the tactics employed by an "extreme falconer" who has made considerable sacrifices in his dedication to the sport and his advocacy of the raptors he has trained, tracing his struggles with depression after losing some of his closest bird companions while identifying the human dangers that are threatening falcon survival.

Grassland Grouse and Their Conservation

Author: Paul A. Johnsgard

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1935623672

Category: Science

Page: 157

View: 9299

Paul Johnsgard, one of the world's leading ornithologists, has written this book as a call to action. Conservationists have seen a marked decline in the populations of North American grouse, particularly the grassland-adapted species. Unless action is taken swiftly, at least one species -- Attwater's prairie-chicken -- is certain to follow the heath hen into extinction. Johnsgard begins with the tragic history of the heath hen, which became extinct in 1932. He devotes a chapter each to the greater and lesser prairie-chickens, greater and Gunnison sage-grouse, and sharp-tailed grouse. Johnsgard argues that habitat loss and excessive hunting are major factors contributing to the decline of each species, particularly the lesser prairie-chicken and the Gunnison sage-grouse, which have been proposed for threatened federal status. This narrative history is troubling but not without hope. Johnsgard discusses places where populations exist that have yet to be preserved, and outlines the steps necessary to conserve these species. A possible future does exist for grassland grouse, and Johnsgard's book points the way toward securing it.

Greater Sage-Grouse

Ecology and Conservation of a Landscape Species and Its Habitats

Author: Steve Knick,John W. Connelly

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520948688

Category: Science

Page: 664

View: 8549

Admired for its elaborate breeding displays and treasured as a game bird, the Greater Sage-Grouse is a charismatic symbol of the broad open spaces in western North America. Unfortunately these birds have declined across much of their range—which stretches across 11 western states and reaches into Canada—mostly due to loss of critical sagebrush habitat. Today the Greater Sage-Grouse is at the center of a complex conservation challenge. This multifaceted volume, an important foundation for developing conservation strategies and actions, provides a comprehensive synthesis of scientific information on the biology and ecology of the Greater Sage-Grouse. Bringing together the experience of thirty-eight researchers, it describes the bird’s population trends, its sagebrush habitat, and potential limitations to conservation, including the effects of rangeland fire, climate change, invasive plants, disease, and land uses such as energy development, grazing, and agriculture.

Sage Spirit

The American West at a Crossroads

Author: Dave Showalter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781594859168

Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 4933

America's "Sagebrush Sea" is one of its most extensive natural landscapes, yet this sensitive ecosystem is unprotected and being fragmented by development - Reveals a little-known yet iconic Western landscape that supports a vast network of western wildlife species - A conservation priority area for Audubon, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation Located on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains and stretching from Greater Yellowstone to Telluride, Colorado, theregion known as the Sagebrush Sea is a unique wildlife habitat with an abundance of natural resources. For this reason it is treasured by conservationists, private land owners, and energy developers alike.In the eyes of organizations such as Audubon and the World Wildlife Fund, the loss of this habitat would be catastrophic for important species like the Greater and Gunnison's Sage-grouse. Greater Sage-grouse were once found across thirteen western states, but due to energy development and conversion of land for agriculture, they now inhabit only half of their historic range.In addition, the gradual disappearance of sagebrush habitat in the West is having a profound effect on other wildlife species such as the Brewer's sparrow, sage sparrow, sage thrasher, pygmy rabbit, mule deer, pronghorn, and more. Sage Spirit features these species and the threats they face. In photos and text Dave Showalter documents the seasonal changes, animal behaviors, and migrations within the SagebrushSea. He is working with conservation leaders, government agencies, Native communities, and private landowners to tell the complete story of the ecosystem, including human use of the landscape.

The North American Grouse: Their Biology and Behavior

Author: Paul Johnsgard


ISBN: 1609620879


Page: 176

View: 8255

This book summarizes the ecology, reproductive biology, and social behavior of all ten of the extant North American grouse species. It also describes the current status of grouse populations, some of which are perilously close to extinction. The social behavior of grouse is of special biological interest because among these ten species there is a complete mating system spectrum, from seasonally monogamous pair-bonding to highly promiscuous mating patterns. The latter group illustrates the strong structural and behavioral effects of sexual selection resulting from nonmonogamous mating. These influences reach a peak in the development by some grouse species of engaging in mating "leks," arena-like competitions performed by males while attempting to attract fertile females, and also provide opportunities for females to select optimum mating partners. The book includes 16 range maps, 37 line drawings, and 38 photographs by the author, as well as nearly 1,400 literature citations.

A Review of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources,Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate,Committee on the Evaluation of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309379857

Category: Science

Page: 150

View: 7006

The United States' tradition of conserving fish, wildlife, habitats, and cultural resources dates to the mid-19th century. States have long sought to manage fish and wildlife species within their borders, whereas many early federal conservation efforts focused on setting aside specific places as parks, sanctuaries, or reserves. With advances in landscape ecology over the past quarter-century, conservation planners, scientists, and practitioners began to stress the importance of conservation efforts at the scale of landscapes and seascapes. These larger areas were thought to harbor relatively large numbers of species that are likely to maintain population viability and sustain ecological processes and natural disturbance regimes - often considered critical factors in conserving biodiversity. By focusing conservation efforts at the level of whole ecosystems and landscape, practitioners can better attempt to conserve the vast majority of species in a particular ecosystem. Successfully addressing the large-scale, interlinked problems associated with landscape degradation will necessitate a planning process that bridges different scientific disciplines and across sectors, as well as an understanding of complexity, uncertainty, and the local context of conservation work. The landscape approach aims to develop shared conservation priorities across jurisdictions and across many resources to create a single, collaborative conservation effort that can meet stakeholder needs. Conservation of habitats, species, ecosystem services, and cultural resources in the face of multiple stressors requires governance structures that can bridge the geographic and jurisdictional boundaries of the complex socio-ecological systems in which landscape-level conservation occurs. The Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) Network was established to complement and add value to the many ongoing state, tribal, federal, and nongovernmental efforts to address the challenge of conserving species, habitats, ecosystem services, and cultural resources in the face of large-scale and long-term threats, including climate change. A Review of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives evaluates the purpose, goals, and scientific merits of the LCC program within the context of similar programs, and whether the program has resulted in measurable improvements in the health of fish, wildlife, and their habitats.