This site is gently rolling mixed-grass prairie/sagebrush with small draws and mostly-dry creek beds which harbor stands of Sagebrush. It provides good habitat for Greater Sage-grouse in all important phases of its life cycle – lek sites, nesting and brood-rearing, and wintering habitat.

Ornithological Summary

This IBA covers an area with decent and consistent Greater Sage-grouse populations. The leks within this IBA consistently have some of the highest number of males. The area has not been surveyed for other bird species but probably contains other breeding sagebrush-obligate species.

Conservation Issues

Threats include anything that reduces the amount and/or quality of the sagebrush as nesting and wintering habitat for sage-grouse. This includes overgrazing by domestic livestock, spread of invasive non-native plant species, especially cheatgrass, and haying or pulling out sage plants. Another set of threats directly threaten the birds, including West Nile disease, predation on nests, chicks, and adults, and fencing, in which sage-grouse can become entangled.

Ownership

Almost 70% of the area is public land (Bureau of Land Management or state-owned) and the rest is private ownership.

Habitat

The area is mixed-grass prairie with patches of Artemisia (sage) species. Artemisia stands tend to be  denser in the several dry drainages within the IBA. All ponds in the area are man-made stock dams.

Land Use

All of the area is used for grazing. In years of adequate moisture, privately-owned flatter areas are hayed. Hunting access is allowed on the public lands and about 2/3 of the private land.

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