The greater sage-grouse is a large, rounded-winged, ground-dwelling bird, up to 30 inches long and two feet tall, weighing from two to seven pounds. It has a long, pointed tail with legs feathered to the base of the toes. Females are a mottled brown, black, and white. Males are larger and have a large white ruff around their neck and bright yellow air sacks on their breasts, which they inflate during their mating display. The birds are found at elevations ranging from 4,000 to over 9,000 feet and are highly dependent on sagebrush for cover and food.
Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013 1:04 pm
Updated: 3:10 pm, Fri Oct 25, 2013.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are proposing to list as threatened populations of greater sage grouse in Nevada and California in an effort to save the struggling species, a decision that promises to have wide-ranging effects on mineral and energy development in the West.
Ted Koch, Nevada state supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said on Friday that invasive species and mineral and energy development in the desert have had a devastating effect on the large, ground-dwelling bird's populations.
The final decision on the service's proposal will occur next year, and the public will have 60 days to comment on the decision.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada said the decision will have "major ramifications" on the way of life in parts of Nevada and California.
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Friday, October 25, 2013 1:04 pm.
Updated: 3:10 pm.