The Gunnison Sage Grouse
~ surviving for millenia through the harsh winters of the Gunnison Basin
~ dancing at dawn as spring thaw signals their mating season
~ growing up quickly during short mountain summers to continue their cycle of life
Once plentiful, these hardy birds, now few in number, are grappling with progress as it has affected their habitat. People, in growing numbers, are learning of this special bird, and are involved in an effort to return the Gunnison sage-grouse population to a healthy size.
This is the story of the Gunnison sage-grouse and a dedicated community working to help them survive.
Funding and support provided by
Bureau of Land Management, City of Gunnison
Colorado Division of Wildlife, Gunnison County
High Country Citizens' Alliance,
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation,
Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Cover photo by Louis Swift
Approximately 18 minutes
© 2000 Gunnison Sage Grouse Working Group