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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An environmental group is challenging one of the largest-ever projects to remove juniper trees that federal officials say will protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse and benefit cattle ranchers in southwestern Idaho. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Grazing, not juniper, is behind Idaho species' decline, environmental group says," 29 June 2018 Only about 5,000 Gunnison sage grouse were left in 2014. Matthew Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Lawsuits target oil and gas leases in fight for imperiled sage grouse," 1 May 2018 Between 200,000 and 500,000 sage grouse remain, down from a peak population of about 16 million. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Grazing, not juniper, is behind Idaho species' decline, environmental group says," 29 June 2018 Take the case of the greater sage grouse, that puffy-breasted bird of the West. Peter S. Alagona, Outside Online, "The Endangered Species Act Needs a Reboot," 9 July 2018 Between 200,000 and 500,000 sage grouse remain in 11 Western states, down from a peak population of about 16 million. Washington Post, "Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections," 20 June 2018 The greater sage grouse continues to decline in the West. Washington Post, "Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections," 20 June 2018 Male sage grouse already have a low bar for mating partners. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Made a Taxidermy Bird Robot for Research," 9 June 2018 Removing the juniper not only benefits sage grouse, but also mule deer, elk, pronghorn and golden eagles. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Farewell, western juniper. Idaho, feds partner to yank the plant & let sagebrush return," 31 May 2018

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1876, in the meaning defined above

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