Sage Grouse Archive
2013-03-19 ENGO News Release: Conservation groups challenge secrecy around endangered Greater Sage-grouse
The Minister of Environment has a mandatory duty under the Species at Risk Act to protect Canada’s endangered Greater sage-grouse and cannot use a claim of Cabinet confidence to eliminate court supervision of ministers’ actions under federal law, Ecojustice will tell the Federal Court of Appeal this afternoon.
Meeting held March 4, 2013 at Manyberries with 34 ranchers, farmers, landowners and leaseholders.
AWA was pleased to meet with landholders in Manyberries to discuss the future of Sage-grouse, grasslands and ranching communities!
AWA is proud to announce a new initiative to facilitate Greater Sage-grouse recovery efforts in Alberta!
AWA offers its perspective on a number of hot topics related to Greater Sage-grouse recovery initiatives and management of critical habitat.
2012-10-31 Endangered Greater Sage-grouse Hang On by a Thread in Alberta, Huge Declines in Saskatchewan
Wild Lands Advocate update, August 2012, by Madeline Wilson. Counts of sage-grouse performed this spring show that last year's numbers were no fluke: again only 13 males were counted on Alberta leks. Perhaps even more worrying is the 57 percent drop in Saskatchewan numbers since 2011.
Wild Lands Advocate article, June 2012, by Ian Urquhart. Urquhart casts envious eyes over the hopeful future for sage-grouse in the U.S., which puts Canada's miserable sage-grouse recovery process to shame.
2012-06-22 AWA News Release: Endangered Sage-grouse Hang on by a Thread in Alberta, Huge Declines in Saskatchewan
Every spring anxious eyes turn towards the sage-grouse mating grounds (known as “leks”) of southern Alberta to see whether or not Canada’s sage-grouse made it through the winter. This year’s spring population counts observed only 13 males at Alberta leks, showing no improvement since last year. In Saskatchewan, the only other Canadian province in which sage-grouse persist, huge population declines were observed. Only 18 males were counted at Saskatchewan leks, a dramatic decrease from the 42 males last recorded.
Wild Lands Advocate article, April 2012, by Madeline Wilson, reviewing a recent study into the bureaucratic barriers to recovery of endangered species such as sage-grouse.
Wild Lands Advocate article, April 2012, by Sean Nichols highlights the first two of ten priorities AWA has identified to guide our conservation efforts in 2012. Woodland caribou and greater sage-grouse are the first two priorities to be described.
Reports in yesterday’s news media reveal details on a program to import sage-grouse from Montana to Alberta. While this reintroduction shows overdue recognition by the Alberta government of the dire situation of one of Canada’s most endangered species, and is likely necessary, Alberta Wilderness Association is concerned. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development’s Fish and Wildlife branch still have not fixed the underlying problem of habitat degradation and lack of protection for all the critical habitat that these endangered birds require.
2012-02-14 ENGO News Release: Conservation groups take Environment Minister to court over endangered Sage-grouse
Conservation groups are taking Environment Minister Peter Kent to federal court over his continued failure to protect Canada’s endangered Greater Sage-grouse and fulfill his duties under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
Wild Lands Advocate article, December 2011, by Sean Nichols, describing a visit to some of the last remaining "critical habitat" for sage-grouse in Alberta.
The deadline (January 16, 2012) has now passed for Environment Minister Peter Kent to respond to our November petition, demanding that the federal government take the necessary steps to prevent the extirpation of the greater sage-grouse from Canada.
In response to a poll featured in the Medicine Hat News on December 2, 2011, 89.8% of all respondents said they were extremely concerned that sage-grouse may disappear from Alberta, as scientists predict.
In a last ditch effort to keep sage-grouse in Canada, AWA and 11 other environmental groups are calling upon federal Environment Minister Peter Kent to stand up for the species he's legally bound to protect, before it's too late!
Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and a coalition of environmental groups are calling on federal Environment Minister Peter Kent to urgently take the steps necessary to prevent the imminent extinction of the greater sage-grouse in Canada.
Today Ecojustice, on behalf of AWA and eleven other ENGOs submitted a legal petition to federal Environment Minister Peter Kent, demanding an emergency protection order to prevent the imminent extinction of the Greater sage-grouse.
An international coalition of environmental groups is calling on the federal environment minister to take Canada’s endangered Greater sage-grouse under his wing with an emergency protection order.
Wild Lands Advocate article, October 2011, by Nigel Douglas and Madeline Wilson