The sun rises over the prairie early Saturday morning, April 12, 2014 near the Rattlesnake Range in southwest Natrona County. (Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune)
A male sage grouse struts at dawn Thursday, April 10, 2014 on a lek near the base of the Rattlesnake Range in southwest Natrona County. (Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune)
One of the most challenging and politically contentious issues in the West is also one of our greatest opportunities and an important investment for our future.
BILLINGS — A legislative rider in Congress’ $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that’s been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry.
SARATOGA, Wyo. — Research at the biggest wind farm project being developed in the U.S. right now seeks to help a chicken-size bird that, within a year, could be listed as a threatened or endangered species.
SARATOGA, Wyo.— Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region's energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — State biologists in Wyoming say hunting is helping the greater sage grouse by providing critical data about the birds' numbers.
When she heard her photo had shown up on a flier in Billings mailboxes and on an interstate billboard this weekend, Jamie Connell was perplexed.
Mike Bowman, left, from the Western Values Project, and John Gibson, from the Public Land/Water Access Association, meet with Jamie Connell, director of the Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management, to discuss plans for greater sage grouse management on Tuesday.
Montana farm and ranch groups will appeal to a Republican U.S. Senate to turn back federal land and environmental laws challenging their industry, representatives said this week.
Wildlife biologist Erik Molvar will talk about the preservation of the greater sage-grouse, and discuss efforts to improve protections for the birds on public lands in Wyoming, during a talk on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the The Brinton Museum in Bighorn, Wyo.
PINEDALE, Wyo. — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hailed an agreement with nine Wyoming landowners as a milestone in national sage grouse conservation efforts at a ceremony Wednesday, saying the move could prevent the bird from being listed under the Endangered Species Act.
CASPER, Wyo. — Hundreds of sage grouse appear to be walking east under an interstate underpass originally intended for mule deer and pronghorns.
CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority opens a two-day conference in Jackson Tuesday, when a series of speakers will address coal exports, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations on power plants and sage grouse, among other topics.
A male sage grouse struts at sunrise in hopes of attracting a mate on April 12 on a lek near the base of the Rattlesnake Range in southwest Natrona County.
A male sage grouse struts at sunrise in hopes of attracting a mate on a lek near the base of the Rattlesnake Range in southwest Natrona County. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday offered a plan to head off federal intervention for the bird.
Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday ordered restrictions on future oil drilling and other activities blamed for driving down sage grouse numbers, bringing Montana into step with other states across the West rushing to head off federal intervention for the ground-dwelling bird.
Of the primary threat to sage grouse, let us be clear what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has always said: It's all about habitat.
CASPER, Wyo. — Wildlife officials are asking Wyomingites to report dead sage grouse so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus.