Today, there was news about a little more protection for migratory birds in the USA.
This video is called Greater sage-grouse strut display.
From Associated Press:
See also here.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the Greater Sage-grouse will have to wait in line for Endangered Species Act protection behind higher-priority species. This so-called “warranted but precluded” designation means federal land managers will continue to treat the sage-grouse as a sensitive species and monitor its numbers and health throughout its range in 11 Western states: here.
Male ruffed grouse are the first animals known to make unique non-vocal sounds: here.
Two conservation groups and three American Indian tribes filed suit today to protect a pristine mountain valley adjacent to Great Basin National Park in Nevada from a poorly-sited, 8,000-acre industrial wind energy project approved by the Department of the Interior with minimal environmental review. The valley is home to rare and imperiled wildlife such as the greater sage grouse, as well as sensitive species like golden eagles and free-tailed bats. The project area is also a sacred site to Western Shoshone tribes: here.
- Biodiversity: Feds issue new report on greater sage-grouse (summitcountyvoice.com)
- BLM plan for sage-grouse habitat draws challenge (sfgate.com)
- SD will have no sage grouse hunting season (siouxcityjournal.com)
- Feds, Ore. ranchers sign sage grouse agreement (ktvz.com)
- BLM Pinedale hosts public meeting on Greater sage-grouse management (wyofile.com)
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- Council briefed on state environmental issues (billingsgazette.com)