sage grouse

noun

Definition of sage grouse

: either of two large grouses (Centrocercus urophasianus and C. minimus) of the dry sagebrush plains of western North America that have mottled gray and buff plumage above with a contrasting black belly

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The greater sage grouse, known for its elaborate mating dance, once numbered in the millions across the West. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "State to ask Colorado BLM to defer action on some oil, gas leases proposed in wildlife habitat," 10 June 2019 And fortunately, that industry has adopted new technologies for horizontal drilling and fracking that minimize the amount of surface area disturbed to achieve high production rates, thus avoiding sensitive areas such as sage grouse leks. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Doing the math while debating teachers’ salaries (9/8/19)," 8 Sep. 2019 Pinyon-juniper removal provides a unique focal point for intractable land-use controversies around greater sage grouse conservation, grazing rights, and logging. Jennifer Oldham, National Geographic, "Forests on Utah’s public lands may soon be torn out. Here’s why.," 3 Sep. 2019 Patrick Donnelly, the Center for Biological Diversity's Nevada state director, said the plan could break up habitat for sage grouse, deer and the Pygmy rabbit. Brady Mccombs, Anchorage Daily News, "Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land," 15 Sep. 2018 Junipers also force out sagebrush and other plants that produce bugs that sage grouse eat. Washington Post, "Massive juniper tree-cutting project aims to aid sage grouse," 21 Aug. 2019 Leslie Schreiber with the Game and Fish Department says recent wet weather could encourage mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile to sage grouse. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019 Elizabeth Boehm photographed male greater sage grouse duking it out during a courtship display, one with his wings flapping, the other with his tail feathers fanned out into a starburst; the image earned Boehm the professional category prize. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Audubon Photography Award Winners Show the Breathtaking Beauty of Wild Birds," 16 July 2019 Wyoming is among just a handful of states with large populations of sage grouse. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019

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1876, in the meaning defined above

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