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Greater Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush: an Introduction to the Landscape

Steven T. Knick and John W. Connelly

in Greater Sage-Grouse

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267114
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948686 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267114.003.0001
Greater Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush: an Introduction to the Landscape

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The Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is often called an icon of the West because the species has become the symbol for conserving sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems, one of the most difficult environmental challenges in North America. Sage-grouse have undergone long-term population declines and now are absent from almost half of their estimated distribution prior to Euro-American settlement. Proximate reasons for population declines differ across the sage-grouse distribution, but ultimately, the underlying cause is loss of suitable sagebrush habitat. Conserving and managing Greater Sage-Grouse is as much about the ecology of the bird as it is about understanding the dynamics of sagebrush ecosystems. This book presents a multifaceted view of the ecology of Greater Sage-Grouse and sagebrush from wildlife biologists, landscape ecologists, and shrubland biologists. It describes the Sage-Grouse Conservation Area that was delineated from the estimated presettlement distribution of sage-grouse.

Keywords: Centrocercus urophasianus; Greater Sage-Grouse; sagebrush ecosystems; Artemisia; distribution; ecology; conservation; population declines

Chapter.  4317 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Vertebrates

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