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The greater sage grouse is under threat. Its population has shrunk by more than 90% in the last century. Scientists say wildfire, invasive species, energy development and other human activities are to blame. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide if the bird will be added to the Endangered Species List.

Community Conversation: Saving the Sage Grouse

Lacey Daley
Boise State Public Radio

On September 16, 2015 KBSX hosted four panelists and a room full of community members for a discussion on the possible Endangered Species Listing of the greater sage grouse. Experts shared their favorite facts about the bird, reasons for the population decline in the last century and the methods and strategies behind the collaborative efforts of state groups and agencies to protect the species. 

Panelists included State Rep. and Leadore cattle-rancher Merrill Beyeler, state biologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Trisha Cracroft, director of the Governor's Office of Species Conservation Dustin Miller and staff biologist in the sage grouse program for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Ann Moser. Independent radio producer Julie Rose facilitated the discussion.

A PowerPoint slideshow with a few key images accompanied the conversation. They are posted below for your reference.

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Range-wide sage grouse habitat.

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