Gunnison Sage-Grouse

Gunnison sage-grouse
Photo by Bob Gress, www.BirdsinFocus.com

One of the 10 most endangered birds in North America

Gunnison sage-grouse once ranged widely across southwest Colorado and Utah but today they occupy just 10% of their historic range. With fewer than 5,000 of these birds remaining the Gunnison sage-grouse needs our help. Habitat loss from urban development, oil and gas drilling, mining, off-road vehicle use, and road construction threatens to push this species toward extinction.

Habitat loss from urban development and habitat degradation from oil and gas drilling, mining, off-road vehicle use, and road construction has taken and continues to take a heavy toll on this species. In 2014 the Gunnison sage-grouse was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

#StandWithGunny

Rocky Mountain Wild is working to protect two of the Gunnison sage-grouse’s most critical habitats by asking the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to designate over 38,000 acres as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). Research from the Conservation Science Partners indicates that these areas exhibit “some of the highest quality habitat – both in terms of core habitat and connectivity habitat.”

Visit our #StandWithGunny page to take action and protect Gunnison sage-grouse habitat.

Current Status

In 2014 the Gunnison sage-grouse was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The listing decision spurred several ongoing lawsuits.  On one side are conservation groups that argue that the species deservers “endangered” status, rather than “threatened.” On the other side, the State of Colorado is pushing back against the listing all together. As these suits work their way through the court system Rocky Mountain Wild is working to secure habitat protection through land planning processes at the BLM level including the Gunnison Sage-Grouse Rangewide Resource Management Plan, and the Tres Rios Resource Management Plan Amendment.

Gunnison Sage-Grouse Rangewide Resource Management Plan
Tres Rios Resource Management Plan