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Save The Gunnison Sage-Grouse From Extinction

This is Gunny. Gunny is a vital member of the sagebrush ecosystem – a complex web of life that includes deer, pronghorn, elk, songbirds, and rare wildflowers. Gunny and his friends once ranged widely across southwest Colorado and Utah. Today, however, there are fewer than 5,000 of these birds remaining, and they need our help.

The BLM is currently in the process of updating its land-use plans to include improved safeguards for Gunnison sage-grouse. Through this process we have the opportunity to protect key habitat that is crucial to the survival of this species.

Please join us in asking the BLM to designate Dry Creek Basin and Northdale as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). This action will protect 37,000 acres of the most important habitat for two small and incredibly vulnerable populations of Gunnison sage-grouse in Southwest Colorado. By taking action, you will help to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to enjoy watching the Gunnison sage-grouse dance at sunrise, and benefit all of the other species that call this area home. Go ahead, give Gunny something to dance about!

For more background, a map of the area, and information about the historical habitat of Gunnison sage-grouse, please check out our Toolbox at the bottom of the page.

Whether you have 1 minute, 2 minutes, or enough time to complete our Gunnison Superhero Actions, you can make a big difference!

Gunny IconActions with the Gunny icon are considered high-impact actions and will have a greater direct impact than other actions.

1-Minute Actions

Gunny IconSign a letter: Sign on to our letter and ActionSprout to let the Tres Rios Field Office know that you #StandWithGunny.

On Twitter: Tweet about #StandWithGunny

Tweet to:
Colorado Bureau of Land Management @BLM_CO

Sample Tweets:
Northdale & Dry Creek Basin are critical habitats for Gunny sage-grouse. Please give these areas #ACEC @BLM_CO #StandWithGunny

Gunny sage-grouse need their critical habitat. Please give these areas #ACEC @BLM_CO #StandWithGunny

In ’07 @BLM_CO said that Gunny sage-grouse habitat met criteria for #ACEC Let’s make it happen for Gunny! #StandWithGunny

Images for Twitter can be found in the Toolbox below.

Retweet: @GunnySageGrouse messages to show that you #StandWithGunny

On Facebook: Post about #StandWithGunny.

Tag to: You can just post to your friends, or tag the Bureau of Land Management – Colorado page, or send them a message or write a review on the Bureau of Land Management – Colorado’s page.

Example posts:
The Gunnison sage-grouse was designated as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 2014. Right now, we are uniquely poised to protect some of their critical habitat which could lead to their recovery! Please, BLM, protect the Dry Creek Basin and Northdale areas in southwest Colorado by designating and protecting them as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). I #StandWithGunny.

The last remaining habitat for two vulnerable populations of Gunnison sage-grouse is not yet protected from oil and gas drilling, construction of powerlines and roads, and many other threats. BLM, please consider Dry Creek Basin and Northdale areas as ACECs in your land-use plans. I #StandWithGunny.

Gunnison sage-grouse are an important part of the ecosystem in southern Colorado. When we protect habitat for Gunny, we also protected habitat for many other animals and plants, including elk, deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, songbirds, and rare flowers. BLM, please protect the Dry Creek Basin and Northdale areas and give them ACEC designation! I #StandWithGunny.

Images for Facebook can be found in the Toolbox below.

2-Minute Actions

On both Twitter & Facebook: Use our Twibbon to change your profile pictures to show how you #StandWithGunny

Color our Coloring Book Page: Download either of our coloring book pages (Coloring Book Page 1 and/or Coloring Book 2), color it, and send it to the BLM: BLM, Attn: Gina Jones, 2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401.

Gunny Superhero Actions

Gunny IconSend some postcards: Download, print, write your message, sign, and send our postcards to various decision makers to let them know you #StandWithGunny.

Visit our Toolbox below for a sample letter and list of talking points that you may want to consider adding.

Gunny IconSend your own letter: Submit your own letter to the BLM (BLM, Attn: Gina Jones, 2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401) to let them know why you #StandWithGunny.

Visit our Toolbox below for a sample letter and list of talking points that you may want to consider adding.

Donate to the Cause: Your donation of just $15 can help protect this species for future generations.

Dance for Gunny: Gunnison sage-grouse are known for their amazing mating dances. Send us a video of your best dance (all types are encouraged: samba, line, tap, interpretive, skate, and of course, Gunnison sage-grouse mating dances). Be sure to include why you #DanceForGunny with statements like, “I am xx from xx, and I dance for Gunny because…” Be sure to email us your YouTube link so we can share it on our social media channels!


Sample Letter: #StandWithGunny Sample Letter to get ideas of how to structure your own.

Twitter Sized Images:

Twitter #StandWithGunny 1 Twitter #StandWithGunny 2

Facebook Sized Images:

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Survey: Defenders of Wildlife conducted a survey of Colorado voters living in the Gunnison, Montrose, Saguache, and San Miguel counties to see what they thought of Gunnison sage-grouse protections. Here is a PDF of the results.

Background and Talking Points: Download our Word Document with more background about the Gunnison sage-grouse and the areas as well as some talking points that may be of use when writing your letter or postcard.

Gunny Sage-grouse Proposed ACECs