Researchers track a mother sage-grouse, Centrocercus urophasianus, to study her chick’s behavior. Sage-grouses are found only in sagebrush country in the west nesting on the ground and eating sagebrush leaves which are a staple of the grouse’s winter diet. The sage-grouse faces extinction as populations plunged by 80 percent according to Audubon.
As oil and gas fields multiply and climate change intensifies, grassland habitats disappear and birds like the Lesser Prairie-Chicken pay the price. Hens lay an average of 6-9 eggs in a ground nest hidden under sagebrush. Numbers are declining, largely due to habitat loss from fire, invasive plants and
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- The Big Open_Public Lands_National Geographic magazine and book 8/2001