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New Podcast 'Grouse' Looks At Efforts To Save Iconic Bird Native To Idaho

Ashley Ahearn


The sage grouse represents some of the biggest controversies in the Mountain West. From armed standoffs on public land in Nevada and Oregon, to explosive growth, wildfires, wild horses, big oil and fracking, every issue is connected to the sage grouse. This strange prehistoric bird is a hot button political issue. 

But former public radio reporter Ashley Ahearn didn’t know much about sage grouse until she left her big city job in Seattle and traded it for a quieter life in rural Washington. Boise State Public Radio has partnered with the podcast host on “Grouse,” a new show exploring the issues surrounding the sage grouse. 


Today, we’re sharing an episode of the podcast that features some people in Idaho trying to figure out how to live alongside this creature, and maybe even save it from extinction. 


Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters

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!