WYOMING: Upper Green River Basin Sage Grouse Group To Meet April 26

Sage Grouse
Sage Grouse

PINEDALE – The Upper Green River Basin Sage-grouse Working Group will hold a meeting at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, April 26 at the Pinedale Wyoming Game and Fish Office (432 East Mill Street).

The agenda will include project planning and updates as well as local working group membership and election of a new chairperson. The public is invited to attend the meeting and a public participation period will be scheduled. Contact Tom Christiansen at 307-875-3225 x8610 for additional information.

The group is one of eight regional working groups statewide. Each is composed of citizens representing groups interested in sage grouse conservation. The group develops and initiates conservation plans to benefit sage grouse and, when feasible, other species that use sagebrush habitats. Learn more about sage grouse, the regional working groups, and their management plans at:  https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Habitat/Sage-Grouse-Management.

The greater sage-grouse is the largest species of grouse in North America. Each spring, male sage-grouse perform an elaborate sunrise display on communal breeding grounds known as “leks”. While sage-grouse require sagebrush landscapes to survive, leks are often located in open areas where the males can be better seen and heard by females. The dramatic display makes viewing sage-grouse a popular recreational activity in March and April across much of Wyoming.

The Wyoming Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan recommends that only a small number of lek viewing sites be publicized along with information on how to minimize viewing disturbance to the grouse. This information is designed to implement that recommendation.

When you follow the American Birding Association’s Principles of Birding Ethics, you prevent harm to sage-grouse and their habitats. Respect and practice these principles while birding in Wyoming.

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