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Greater Sage-Grouse Fact Sheet: Overview and Effects of Wind Energy Development


NWCC Sage-Grouse Fact Sheet_Page_1This fact sheet provides an overview of current knowledge on greater sage-grouse ecology, status, conservation challenges, and current conservation efforts, and presents a summary of recent research findings on the interactions between sage-grouse and wind energy development.

There is a wide range of research outcomes on sage-grouse ecology and some uncertainty remains. This fact sheet presents current knowledge based on recent research and the references cited provide further information on specific findings.

References:

  1. Carlisle JD. 2017. The effect of sage-grouse conservation on wildlife species of concern: implications for the umbrella species concept. PhD thesis at University of Wyoming.

Gamo RS and Beck JL. 2017. Energy disturbance and productivity of mule deer habitat in sage-grouse core areas. Rangeland Ecology and Management 70: 576-583.

  1. Connelly JW, Hagen CA, and Schroeder MA. 2011. Characteristics and dynamics or grater sage-grouse populations. In: Greater Sage-Grouse: Ecology and Conservation of a Landscape Species and Its Habitats (Studies in Avian Biology). University of California Press, Berkeley: 53-68.
  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 2010. Beginner’s Guide to Greater Sage-Grouse. https://www.fws.gov/greatersagegrouse/factsheets/Primer1-SGBeginnersGuide.pdf
  1. Dinkins JB, Conover MR, Kirol CP, Beck JL, and Frey SN. 2014. Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) hen survival: effects of raptors, anthropogenic and landscape features, and hen behavior. Canadian Journal of Zoology 92: 319-330.

Taylor RL, Walker BL, Naugle DE, Mills LS. 2012. Managing multiple vital rates to maximize greater sage-grouse population            growth. The Journal of Wildlife Management 76(2): 336-347.

  1. Becker JM, Duberstein CA, Tagestad JD, Downs JL. 2009. Sage-grouse and wind energy: biology, habits, and potential effects from development. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. http://www.pnl.gov/main/publications/external/technical_reports/PNNL-18567.pdf
  1. Becker JM, Duberstein CA, Tagestad JD, Downs JL. 2009. Sage-grouse and wind energy: biology, habits, and potential effects from development. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. http://www.pnl.gov/main/publications/external/technical_reports/PNNL-18567.pdf

Defenders of Wildlife. Fact sheet: sage-grouse. http://www.defenders.org/sage-grouse/basic-facts

  1. Becker JM, Duberstein CA, Tagestad JD, Downs JL. 2009. Sage-grouse and wind energy: biology, habits, and potential effects from development. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. http://www.pnl.gov/main/publications/external/technical_reports/PNNL-18567.pdf
  1. Becker JM, Duberstein CA, Tagestad JD, Downs JL. 2009. Sage-grouse and wind energy: biology, habits, and potential effects from development. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. http://www.pnl.gov/main/publications/external/technical_reports/PNNL-18567.pdf

Johnson DH, Holloran MJ, Connelly JW, Hanser SE, Amundson CJ, and Knick ST. 2011. Influence of environmental and                    anthropogenic features on greater sage-grouse populations, 1997-2007. In: Greater Sage-Grouse: Ecology and Conservation of      a  Landscape Species and Its Habitats. (Studies in Avian Biology). University of California Press, Berkeley: 407-450.

  1. Becker JM, Duberstein CA, Tagestad JD, Downs JL. 2009. Sage-grouse and wind energy: biology, habits, and potential effects from development. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. http://www.pnl.gov/main/publications/external/technical_reports/PNNL-18567.pdf

Blickley JL, Blackwood D, Patricelli GL. 2012. Experimental evidence for the effects of chronic anthropogenic noise on abundance of Greater Sage-Grouse at leks. Conservation Biology 26(3): 461-471.

  1. Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee. 2010. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommendations. https://www.fws.gov/ecological-services/es-library/pdfs/Wind_Turbine_Guidelines_Advisory_Committee_Recommendations.pdf
  1. Walker BL, Naugle DE, Doherty KE. 2007. Greater sage-grouse population response to energy development and habitat loss. Journal of Wildlife Management 8: 2644-2654.
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  1. Defenders of Wildlife. December 21, 2016. New report highlights greater sage-grouse as conservation priority for trump administration. https://www.defenders.org/press-release/new-report-highlights-greater-sage-grouse-conservation-priority-trump-administration

Fears D. September 22, 2015. Decision not to list sage grouse as endangered is called life saver by some, death knell by others. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/09/22/fewer-than-500000-sage-grouse-are-left-the-obama-administration-says-they-dont-merit-federal-protection/?utm_term=.76d4987579de

  1. U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Fact sheet: BLM, USFS greater sage-grouse conservation effort. https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/BLM-USFS%20Plans%20Fact%20Sheet%20Final915.pdf
  1. Gamo RS and Beck JL. 2017. Effectiveness of Wyoming’s sage-grouse core areas: influences on energy development and male lek attendance. Environmental Management 59: 189-203.
  1. Gruver M. March 19, 2015. Wyoming still plans on sage grouse hunting this fall. Capital Press. http://www.capitalpress.com/Nation_World/Nation/20150319/wyoming-still-plans-on-sage-grouse-hunting-this-fall
  1. S. Department of the Interior. August 7, 2017. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke statement on sage grouse report. https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-interior-ryan-zinke-statement-sage-grouse-report
  1. Secretary of the Interior. August 4, 2017. Memorandum: Improving the BLM’s 2015 Sage-Grouse Plans. https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/so3353_memo_coverletter_report_080717.pdf
  1. Becker JM, Duberstein CA, Tagestad JD, Downs JL. 2009. Sage-grouse and wind energy: biology, habits, and potential effects from development. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. http://www.pnl.gov/main/publications/external/technical_reports/PNNL-18567.pdf
  1. Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee. 2010. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommendations. https://www.fws.gov/ecological-services/es-library/pdfs/Wind_Turbine_Guidelines_Advisory_Committee_Recommendations.pdf
  1. National Wind Coordinating Collaborative. Sage-Grouse. https://www.nationalwind.org/research/collaboratives/sage-grouse/
  1. Fremgen AL, Hansen CP, Rumble MA, Gamo RS, and Millspaugh JJ. 2016. Male greater sage-grouse detectability on leks. The Journal of Wildlife Management 80(2): 266-274.

Fremgen AL, Rota CT, Hansen CP, Rumble MA, Gamo RS, and Millspaugh JJ. 2017. Male greater sage-grouse movements among leks. Wildlife Management 81(3): 498-508.

Hansen CP, Schreiber LA, Rumble MA, Millspaugh JJ, Gamo RS, Kehmeier JW, and Wojcik N. 2016. Microsite selection and survival of greater sage-grouse nests in south-central Wyoming. Wildlife Management 80(5): 862-876.

Schreiber LA, Hansen CP, Rumble MA, Millspaugh JJ, Gamo RS, Kehmeier JW, and Wojcik N. 2015. Microhabitat selection of brood-rearing sites by greater sage-grouse in Carbon County, Wyoming. Western North American Naturalist 75(3): 348-363.

Schreiber LA, Hansen CP, Rumble MA, Millspaugh JJ, Thompson FR, Gamo RS, Kehmeier JW, and Wojcik N. 2016. Greater sage-grouse apparent nest productivity and chick survival in Carbon County, Wyoming. Wildlife Biology 22: 37-44.

  1. LeBeau CW, Beck JL, Johnson GD, Nielson RM, Holloran MJ, Gerow KG, and McDonald TL. 2017. Greater sage-grouse male lek counts relative to a wind energy development. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41(1): 17-26.

LeBeau CW, Johnson GD, Holloran MJ, Beck JL, Nielson RM, Kauffman ME, Rodemaker EJ, and McDonald TL. 2017. Greater sage-grouse habitat selection, survival, and wind energy infrastructure. Wildlife Management 81(4): 690-711.

  1. LeBeau CW, Johnson GD, Holloran MJ, Beck JL, Nielson RM, Kauffman ME, Rodemaker EJ, and McDonald TL. 2017. Greater sage-grouse habitat selection, survival, and wind energy infrastructure. Wildlife Management 81(4): 690-711.

Winder VL, McNew LB, Gregory AJ, Hunt LM, Wisely SM, and Sandercock BK. 2013. Effects of wind energy development on survival of female greater prairie-chickens. Journal of Applied Ecology 51(2): 395-405.

  1. LeBeau CW, Johnson GD, Holloran MJ, Beck JL, Nielson RM, Kauffman ME, Rodemaker EJ, and McDonald TL. 2017. Greater sage-grouse habitat selection, survival, and wind energy infrastructure. Wildlife Management 81(4): 690-711.
  1. LeBeau CW, Beck JL, Johnson GD, Nielson RM, Holloran MJ, Gerow KG, and McDonald TL. 2017. Greater sage-grouse male lek counts relative to a wind energy development. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41(1): 17-26.
  1. LeBeau CW, Beck JL, Johnson GD, Nielson RM, Holloran MJ, Gerow KG, and McDonald TL. 2017. Greater sage-grouse male lek counts relative to a wind energy development. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41(1): 17-26.

LeBeau CW, Johnson GD, Holloran MJ, Beck JL, Nielson RM, Kauffman ME, Rodemaker EJ, and McDonald TL. 2017. Greater sage-grouse habitat selection, survival, and wind energy infrastructure. Wildlife Management 81(4): 690-711.