Species: Gunnison sage-grouse
Scientific Name: Centrocercus minimus
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:
Here are some things you can do to learn more about Gunnison sage-grouse and the National Biodiversity Strategy resolution:
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.
- “Greater Sage-grouse Populations Have Plunged by 80% Since 1965,” from Audubon.
- “Mining ban considered to protect bird species in US West,” from Sentinel Colorado.
- “Celebrating Sagebrush: The West’s Most Important Native Plant,” from Audubon.
- “Gunnison sage-grouse,” from Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species
- Take action with Defenders of Wildlife and end the biodiversity crisis: urge your representative to cosponsor H.Res. 69 calling on the federal government to establish a National Biodiversity Strategy.
- Take action with Great Old Broads for Wilderness and contact the House and Senate Appropriation Committee Chairs and Ranking Members to exclude the greater sage-grouse rider from the Appropriations Bill.
- Join the waitlist for Wildlands Restoration Volunteers Gunnison Sage Grouse habitat improvement days (September 4-6).
- Color in your own Gunnison sage-grouse! Consider sending it to us and we’ll post it on our social media.
- 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!
- Gunnison County CSU Extension – Gunnison Sage-Grouse Lifecycle (22 minutes):
- a.m. Colorado – Gunnison sage-grouse (5 minutes):
- “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.