Greater Sage-Grouse

Photo: Gerrit Vyn

One Bird, 11 States, 165 Million Acres—How Audubon Helped Protect the Sagebrush’s Most Iconic Resident

In 2015, the Department of the Interior finalized landmark conservation plans to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse while preventing the need for an Endangered Species Act listing. The decision plotted a new, brighter future—not only for the sage-grouse, but for the American West. It was the result of significant levels of collaboration at an unprecedented scale. Audubon, with its sound science-based planning and steadfast work with a wide range of stakeholders, had been a major part of this remarkable achievement. Now, the current administration under Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has begun a process that could dismantle these historic conservation efforts.

You can take action by writing a letter to the administration, submitting a Letter to the Editor with your local newspaper (feel free to download and use our template), or attending a public hearing: 

Idaho (Twin Falls)—November 2
California (Alturas)—November 3
Wyoming (Cheyenne)—November 6
Idaho (Idaho Falls)—November 6
Idaho (Marsing)—November 7
Nevada (Reno)—November 7
Oregon (Burn)—November 7
Montana (Billings)—November 8
Nevada (Elko)—November 8
Wyoming (Pinedale)—November 8
Colorado (Craig)—November 9
Nevada (Ely)—November 9
Utah (Vernal)—November 14
Utah (Cedar City)—November 15
Utah (Snowville)—November 16

The deadline for all comments is November 30, 2017

What's At Stake in the Sagebrush Sea

Unprecedented Conservation Efforts Keep Greater Sage-Grouse Off Endangered Species List

After more than a decade of work, the collaborative approach to protecting the bird pays off.

Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Michael Forsberg

Audubon and the Greater Sage-Grouse: A History

Rethinking the Endangered Species List

Some threatened species may never earn "endangered" status. Here's why that may be a good thing.

A male sage grouse splays tail feathers to attract a mate.  Photo: Credit: Joel Sartore

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