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October 3, 2023

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) listed Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because of declining populations and increasing habitat loss. To aid conservation practitioners, a recently published U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Open-File Report compiles and summarizes 53 research products about Gunnison sage-grouse published between 2005 and 2022. 

photo of two gunnison sage-grouse, one facing the camera
A pair of Gunnison sage-grouse. Photo by: Kramer, Gary, USFWS.

FWS along with the Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are working to strengthen Gunnison sage-grouse conservation efforts by adapting management and recovery plans to reduce threats and increase population resiliency. Research on the life history, genetics, and habitat suitability of this sagebrush-obligate species has increased recently. Given that, finding and accessing the science information needed to inform planning and management actions can be time consuming.

To assist in this process, scientists within the USGS have created this latest in a series of annotated bibliographies that focus on topics of management concern for western lands. The online version of this annotated bibliography (forthcoming on the USGS Science for Resource Managers online tool) will be searchable by topic, location, and year; it will also include links to each original publication, where available, and an option to download this information into an appendix suitable for inclusion in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses.

The ‘Annotated bibliography of scientific research on Gunnison sage-grouse published from January 2005 to September 2022’ was authored by FORT student contract ecologists Logan Maxwell, Elisabeth Teige, and Lea Selby, FORT biologists Samuel Jordan, Tait Rutherford, Ella Samuel, and Alison Foster, and FORT ecologists Sarah Carter and Nate Kleist. The report is available at

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