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

Examples of sage grouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, The Denver Post, "Trump administration’s plan to slow Western wildfires would clear large strips of land," 19 July 2019 The environmental group said the program puts private ranchers in charge of grazing on public lands without regard for wildlife such as struggling sage grouse and endangered salmon. Keith Ridler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Group sues US for details about impact of grazing program," 25 Sep. 2019 Then a fire burned almost 220,000 acres of sage grouse habitat. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Sage Grouse Sanity, At Last," 13 Dec. 2018 The 2015 decision not to protect sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act came after state and federal officials crafted sweeping conservation plans for the birds across their range. Washington Post, "Sage grouse numbers stumble in Montana, across US West," 12 Sep. 2019 On environmental issues, VanDyke, as a state lawyer, sided with mining companies opposing expanded habitat for the imperiled sage grouse and opposed Obama administration efforts to extend clean-water protections to streams and wetlands. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Senate confirms conservative to SF appeals court that bar described as unfit," 11 Dec. 2019 The group says the program puts private ranchers in charge of grazing on public lands without regard for wildlife such as sage grouse and endangered salmon. Keith Ridler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Group sues US for details about impact of grazing program," 25 Sep. 2019 State wildlife officials estimate there were about 44,000 ground-dwelling sage grouse in Montana this spring. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 State wildlife officials estimate there were about 44,000 ground-dwelling sage grouse in Montana this spring. Washington Post, "Sage grouse numbers stumble in Montana, across US West," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sage grouse

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Sage grouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sage%20grouse. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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