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September 11, 2023

FORT ecologist Adrian Monroe is a coauthor on a new book chapter summarizing the ecology and conservation issues affecting Greater (Centrocercus urophasianus) and Gunnison (C. minimus) sage-grouse in rangelands of the sagebrush biome.

Greater sage-grouse flying.
Greater sage-grouse flying.


Within this chapter, the authors synthesize the following topics regarding sage-grouse ecology and conservation issues:

  • Life history and population dynamics of sage-grouse.
  • Population distributions of sage-grouse species and their conservation status.
  • Methods for monitoring sage-grouse.
  • Sage-grouse habitat.
  • Rangeland management issues like grazing and fencing, and their impact on sage-grouse.
  • Sage-grouse diseases and their risk to populations.
  • Threats to sagebrush ecosystems, including fire, invasive annual grasses, conifer encroachment, energy development, and climate change.
  • Current conservation actions on private and public lands.



The chapter is part of the book Rangeland Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, which was released as an open access publication on September 2, 2023.

Full reference: Beck, J.L., T.J. Christiansen, K.W. Davies, J.B. Dinkins, A.P. Monroe, D.E. Naugle, and M.A. Schroeder. 2023. Sage-grouse. In: McNew, L.B., Dahlgren, D.K., Beck, J.L. (eds) Rangeland Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Springer, Cham.

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