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Boise State Researchers Look At How To Protect Sage Grouse Habitat

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If you want to protect a species, understanding and protecting their habitat is essential. In Idaho, one of the creatures at risk of extinction is the sage grouse, named after the landscape they rely on for food and shelter. The science that’s conducted in the sage brush sea can inform the policy decisions by land managers at the Interior Department, and can protect hundreds of other species at the same time. 

Now, a team at Boise State University is working on a new type of research that could help us better understand the sagebrush habitat and keep the sage grouse off the endangered species list. 

 

Boise State professor Jen Forbey and grad student Peter Olsoy join Idaho Matters today to tell us more about this research.

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!