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The greater sage grouse is under threat. Its population has shrunk by more than 90 percent 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.Boise State Public Radio will explore the issue in a series of reports we're calling Saving the Sage Grouse. Our five in-depth stories will introduce you to the unique species at the heart of the issue, look at unusual collaborations to help the bird, and explore if those steps will be enough to keep the animal from being listed.Our series begins on Tuesday, September 8 during Morning Edition on KBSX 91.5 FM.We will also be hosting a Community Conversation for Saving the Sage Grouse. The event will take place Wednesday, September 16 at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the Yanke Family Research Park, located at 220 E. Parkcenter Boulevard in Boise. You can RSVP for the event here.

Community Conversation: Saving the Sage Grouse

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Lacey Daley
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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.

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

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Range-wide sage grouse habitat.

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