Gunnison Save-Grouse, May 18

Gunnison sage-grouse
Photo by Bob Gress,
Species: Gunnison sage-grouse
Scientific Name: Centrocercus minimus
Status: Threatened
Photograph of two female Gunnison sage-grouse in the snow
Gunnison sage-grouse, courtesy of Larry Lamsa (CC BY 2.0).

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. Learn more about Gunnison sage-grouse and see what you can do to help protect them.

And attend a live webinar, presented by our friends at Defenders of Wildlife, about the National Biodiversity Strategy resolution, looking at Gunnison sage-grouse as an example of how the strategy would benefit imperiled species in Colorado.


A huge thank you to our Gunnison Save-Grouse partners:

Defenders of Widlife

Here are some things you can do to learn more about Gunnison sage-grouse and the National Biodiversity Strategy resolution:

Join Us:

Join us and our friends at Defenders of Wildlife for a live Zoom event:
Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 pm MT
Registration: Register to save your seat.
Share: Feel free to invite people with the Facebook event page.

A National Biodiversity Strategy would address the five drivers of the biodiversity crisis: habitat loss, overexploitation of wildlife, climate change, invasive species, and pollution.  It would also bring multiple federal and state agencies that have a role in protecting our natural resources together to maximize collaboration and create a blueprint to tackle this crisis.

Defenders will host a presentation on how this national strategy can be put into practice by using the Gunnison sage-grouse as a case study. Dangers like habitat loss from urban development, oil and gas drilling, mining, off-road vehicle use, and road construction are pushing this species – with fewer than 5,000 individuals remaining – toward extinction.  


For Adults:

For Kids:


For Adults:

For Kids:


For Adults:

  • Gunnison County CSU Extension – Gunnison Sage-Grouse Lifecycle (22 minutes):
  • a.m. Colorado – Gunnison sage-grouse (5 minutes):

For Kids:

  • “Freaky Creatures: Birds Shake Their Tail Feathers,” by Nat Geo Kids (1 minute)

Check out our Colorado Endangered Species Week page for more days of activities!

Feel free to download our Gunnison sage-grouse card below! Simply right click and save.

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