As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

US government steps in to save the Gunnison sage grouse

A coalition of conservation groups, including the Wild Earth Guardians and Rocky Mountain Wild, have applauded the US government’s announcement of a planning process to adopt stronger protections for the Gunnison sage grouse across federal lands in south western Colorado and eastern Utah.

Government lands make up approximately half of the remaining occupied habitat for the endangered bird with its elaborate courtship display.

“Even though the federal government has been working on beefing up protections for the greater sage grouse [a close relation of the Gunnison] across 11 states for more than three years, federal land protections for the Gunnison sage grouse have been slow in coming, even though the prognosis is far more grave for the survival of this bird,” said Erik Molvar, wildlife biologist with WildEarth Guardians.

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