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The greater sage grouse is under threat. Its population has shrunk by more than 90 percent in the last century. Scientists say wildfire, invasive species, energy development and other human activities are to blame. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide if the bird will be added to the Endangered Species List. Boise State Public Radio will explore the issue in a series of reports we're calling Saving the Sage Grouse . Our five in-depth stories will introduce you to the unique species at the heart of the issue, look at unusual collaborations to help the bird, and explore if those steps will be enough to keep the animal from being listed. Our series begins on Tuesday, September 8 during Morning Edition on KBSX 91.5 FM. We will also be hosting a Community Conversation for Saving the Sage Grouse . The event will take place Wednesday, September 16 at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the Yanke Family Research Park, located at 220 E. Parkcenter Boulevard in Boise. You can RSVP for

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The greater sage grouse is under threat. Its population has shrunk by more than 90 percent in the last century. Scientists say wildfire, invasive species, energy development and other human activities are to blame. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide if the bird will be added to the Endangered Species List. Boise State Public Radio will explore the issue in a series of reports we're calling Saving the Sage Grouse . Our five in-depth stories will introduce you to the unique species at the heart of the issue, look at unusual collaborations to help the bird, and explore if those steps will be enough to keep the animal from being listed. Our series begins on Tuesday, September 8 during Morning Edition on KBSX 91.5 FM. We will also be hosting a Community Conversation for Saving the Sage Grouse . The event will take place Wednesday, September 16 at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the Yanke Family Research Park, located at 220 E. Parkcenter Boulevard in Boise. You can RSVP for

    In Idaho, Historic Sage Grouse Decision Garners Critics And Fans

    In Idaho, Historic Sage Grouse Decision Garners Critics And Fans

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the much-anticipated decision on Twitter Tuesday morning, using the hashtag #WildlifeWin. “Because of an unprecedented effort by dozens of partners across 11 western states," says Sec. Jewell in a video, "the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the greater sage grouse does not require protection under the Endangered Species Act.” Jewell and other federal leaders congratulated groups that usually don’t see eye-to-eye, but have set aside

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    Federal Government Says Greater Sage Grouse Won't Be Listed As Endangered

    Federal Government Says Greater Sage Grouse Won't Be Listed As Endangered

    The U.S. Interior Department says the greater sage grouse does not need federal protections across its 11-state Western range after some limits were put on energy development and other activities. Tuesday's announcement signals that the Obama administration believes it has struck a balance to save the widespread, ground-dwelling birds from extinction without crippling the West's economy. It follows a costly conservation effort, and could help defuse a potential political liability for Democrats

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    Community Conversation: Saving the Sage Grouse

    Community Conversation: Saving the Sage Grouse

    On September 16, 2015 KBSX hosted four panelists and a room full of community members for a discussion on the possible Endangered Species Listing of the greater sage grouse. Experts shared their favorite facts about the bird, reasons for the population decline in the last century and the methods and strategies behind the collaborative efforts of state groups and agencies to protect the species. Panelists included State Rep. and Leadore cattle-rancher Merrill Beyeler , state biologist for the

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    Saving The Sage Grouse: Is Just The Threat Of An Endangered Species Listing Enough?

    Saving The Sage Grouse: Is Just The Threat Of An Endangered Species Listing Enough?

    Alarm bells echoed across the West in 2010 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service warned that the greater sage grouse could be put on the Endangered Species List. The end of this month is the deadline for a final decision. In the interim, there has been an enormous amount of work done to protect the bird – enough to suggest a threat is sometimes big enough to get the job done. Could this have been the intent all along? To make the threat big enough so that an actual listing might be avoided?

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    Saving The Sage Grouse: Lessons From Listing The Gunnison Sage Grouse

    Saving The Sage Grouse: Lessons From Listing The Gunnison Sage Grouse

    The federal government will decide whether or not to list the greater sage grouse on the Endangered Species List later this month. Another sage grouse species, the Gunnison sage grouse, has been on that list since last November. The government followed a distinct and separate process for the Gunnison grouse, classifying it as “threatened”. It’s not the strictest classification under the Endangered Species Act, and it was an attempt to recognize efforts to protect the bird in Colorado's Gunnison

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    Saving the Sage Grouse: Conservation Creates Strange Bedfellows In Oil And Gas Country

    Saving the Sage Grouse: Conservation Creates Strange Bedfellows In Oil And Gas Country

    About 170 greater sage grouse gather on Wes McStay’s ranch in northwestern Colorado. They're here to mate in an open field of recently-planted rye. Biologists call such a gathering a lek , where male grouse perform an elaborate mating dance that involves inflating two yellow air sacs in their chests and then releasing the air with a bubbling pop. The national sage grouse coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service watches the spectacle, her gloved hands holding binoculars tightly to her

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