sage grouse


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 Nevada Department of Wildlife says at least 39 known breeding sites supporting about 750 male sage grouse were destroyed in July by a fire that burned 689 square miles (1,785 sq/km) of mostly rangeland. Scott Sonner, The Seattle Times, "Fires prompt sage grouse hunting ban in part of Nevada," 20 Aug. 2018 Greater sage grouse are spiky-tailed, ground-dwelling birds about the size of chickens. Dan Elliott, The Seattle Times, "Governors: Trump directive could hurt effort to save bird," 14 Aug. 2018 Critics predicted the issue would end up in the courts—possibly triggering a listing of the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act that almost all sides had sought to avoid because of its more severe economic implications. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Feds Move to Expand Drilling by Undoing 2015 Deal to Protect Bird," 6 Dec. 2018 The move is considered part of the reason sage grouse didn’t receive federal protections. Washington Post, "Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections," 20 June 2018 Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze that's burning cattle-grazing land and habitat for the imperiled sage grouse. Fox News, "The Latest: NASA says Nevada wildfire visible from space," 10 July 2018 The Interior Department recently scaled back needless Obama protections for the sage grouse, which will allow drilling on nine million acres in oil-rich states. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "How America Broke OPEC," 14 Dec. 2018 The Times report describes how a pair of oil and gas industry lobbyists and a ConocoPhillips executive reached out to the Interior Department about Obama-era rules regarding the mating grounds used by the sage grouse, a species of bird. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The Trump administration is reportedly following industry “scripts” in rolling back oil and gas drilling restrictions," 28 Oct. 2018 Ultimately, the goal of the lawsuit is to have Congress review and reject the sage grouse rules. Kimberlee Kruesi, The Seattle Times, "Idaho governor, GOP leaders ask to join sage grouse suit," 3 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sage grouse

1876, in the meaning defined above

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