1. Greater Sage-Grouse

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    from Colorado Parks & Wildlife / Added

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    Fourth in the a.m. Colorado Series; Greater sage-grouse perform mating rituals on a remote historical lek located in a vast expanse of sagebrush in North Park Colorado.

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    • OREGON: Mountain to Mountain High Desert Wildlife

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      from Larry Arbanas / Added

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      South Central Oregon is a well-kept secret, one of those amazing places you just have to visit to understand. These are wide open spaces...literally where the Mule Deer and Pronghorn Antelope play...and the Bighorn Sheep, Sage Grouse, Sandhill Crane, Pygmy Short-horned Lizard, White Pelican, Yellow-bellied Marmot, Bald Eagle, White-tailed Jackrabbit, Black-billed Magpie...if you're a nature lover, you'll get the idea when you arrive!

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      • Crossroads (5:16)

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        This is a short film we produced for MT Audubon about the impact oil & gas development has on sage grouse, a species recently warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act. This film features selections from an interview we did with David Allen Sibley last year. Enjoy. New content posted regularly on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ConservationMedia

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        • ' M E R I C A

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          from Olivia Güthling / Added

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          ' M E R I C A a visual road trip and why I love the west ' M E R I C A is a journey— Only 3 days in Oregon and 3 different climate zones. Portland, Highway 101, the endless forest, the vast desert and snowy Mt. Hood. I'm in love! http://project-merica.tumblr.com Filmed in March 2014 by Olivia Güthling www.oliviaguethling.de Music: Bloodletting, quixositsm Thanks Jonathan E. for the car! Thanks Don H. for the Sagegrouse!

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          • The Gunnison Sage-Grouse ~ A Dance of Survival

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            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

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            • Grant's Getaway - Oasis in the Desert

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              Sage grouse, snow geese, sandhill cranes, and a host of other birds around the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon.

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              • Greater Sage-Grouse: Emblem of the American West

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                The Greater Sage-Grouse is North America’s largest species of grouse and is well known for its bizarre breeding displays. The sage-grouse is also a species that has evoked controversy in the Great Basin region over how to best manage the population, which has been in steady decline over the past several decades. This short documentary tells the story of the Greater Sage-Grouse from the perspective of the USGS biologists who are studying this bird in the heart of its range in Northern Nevada.

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                • Sagebrush Conservation - A Rancher's Perspective

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                  from Conservation Media / Added

                  This is an unused sequence from a larger film we did about the conservation of sagebrush habitat and its sage-dependent species. Disturbances such as oil and gas development and residential development have been displacing sage-dependent species at rates simply incompatible with their long-term persistence. Umbrella species like sage grouse have been so extensively pressured in the last century that they occupy only about 50% of their original range and are at about 50% density within that occupied range. If we can conserve sage haitats enough to support healthy grouse populations, we can protect virtually everything else dependent on this unique ecosystem.

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                  • The Western Sage Grouse

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                    The sage grouse is a bird on the path to extinction but hasn’t been given federal protection. With conservation groups pushing for endangered species status -- and restrictions on grazing and development that could result -- the future of this peculiar bird could have a big impact on the people, businesses, and ecosystems of the Intermountain West. Here’s a primer on the sage grouse and the issues it raises: The Bird: The American Sage grouse is a peculiar bird, often found the western portion of the United States. A declining population has the attention of the federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and several conservation groups. Both agree that the bird needs Endangered Species Act protections but disagree on a timeline. The adult sage grouse has long, pointed tails with feathers on the legs to the toes. The adult male has a distinctive yellow patch over the eye and are greyish on the top with a white breast. The males also have two round sacs on the lower neck that inflate and make a sound during the mating season. Adult females are mottled grey-brown with a light brown throat and dark belly. The sage grouse live in typically dry locations and nest on the ground under sage brush. They feed on sage brush and insects on the ground. They are very dependent on their habitat because they live there year round. Humans are slowly impacting the habitat through industrial and energy development by breaking up habitat into small chunks. That’s the focus an ongoing legal challenge between a conservation group and the federal government. The Lawsuit: Conservation group Western Watershed has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force the listing of the Western Sage Grouse. The conservation group points to a determination by the federal agency that sage grouse needs protection by the Endangered Species Act. Western Watershed Director Jon Marvel claims 90% of the sage grouse population have been wiped out in the west. He predicts that the bird species could be extinct within the next 30 to 40-years if something isn’t done to protect them now. Arguments ended in U.S. District Court of Idaho on December 21, 2011 and now the case rests with Judge B. Lynn Winmill. Opposing View: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a priority list that ranks candidate species from 1 to 12. The lower the number, the higher the risk. Higher numbers indicate that a species is in danger but not in serious danger of extinction. Sage Grouse are currently ranked at number 8 on the priority scale. Diane Katzenberger with the USFWS says limited resources forced them to prioritize the list. Sage Grouse numbers are still relatively large in the west. By putting sage grouse on the candidate list, it gives the western states time to take preventative measures. States have the opportunity to keep the species from being listed and losing control under the restrictive federal management. Katzenberger says the sage grouse didn’t meet the requirements necessary to be ESA listed in 2006. They were re-evaluated in 2008 and found to meet the necessary requirements to be a candidate for ESA listing. They were again ranked as a candidate in 2010. Species are re-evaluated by the agency on an annual basis. Other Players: In recent years, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Center for Biological Diversity regularly challenged the ESA listing process by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To end the revolving door lawsuits, the federal agency signed settlement agreements with both conservation groups to speed up the listing process. The agreements were signed in 2011 and give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 5-years to review more than 300 candidate species and determine if ESA listing is necessary. The sage grouse are included in that list for 2015. Western Watershed says sage grouse can’t afford to wait until 2015. The USFWS says there are species that need more immediate attention. Sage Grouse: Sage Grouse are losing habitat due to expansion of agricultural and industrial development. That has broken up sage grouse habitat in numerous states including Idaho, Oregon and Washington. With less-habitat, the sage grouse are losing food and livable space. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service examined the effects of energy development on Sage Grouse and its habitat. The federal agency concluded that oil, gas, and coal-bed methane negatively affect sage grouse habitat. Even when mitigative measures are implemented. It could result in direct habitat loss due to roads, pipelines, power lines and direct human disturbance. Jon Marvel with Western Watershed says developers of energy and infrastructure should question whether a project is absolutely necessary. He believes there is too much infrastructure development.

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                    • Keeping It Together: Large Landscape Conservation in the Upper Green River

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                      The Upper Green River watershed is a preciously large and intact landscape of the Intermountain West. Organizations from across the state and region are prioritizing this place due to its extensive biological, ecological and cultural values. Click here to learn more about this place, the North Cottonwood Ranch and the conservation actions taking place: http://iwjv.org/news/keeping-it-together-large-landscape-conservation-upper-green-river Sign up to receive news like this from the IWJV: http://iwjv.org/form/join-our-conservation-community

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