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Canada’s Greater Sage-grouse Begin their Long Road to Recovery

April 1, 2015

Wild Lands Advocate article, April 2015, by Sean Nixon and Mark Boyce

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus urophasianus) is listed as “endangered” under the federal Species at Risk Act. Since 1988, more than 90 percent of these iconic birds have disappeared from Canada’s prairies. They are highly sensitive to disturbance. Industrial activity, particularly oil and gas development, threatens their survival and recovery. Research shows that when confronted with oil and gas development sage-grouse chicks fail to survive and adults abandon their leks (central courting and breeding grounds) and other habitats crucial to their survival.

We have spectacular wilderness in Alberta, much of it under some form of protection. Every square millimetre of it has had to be fought for - will always have to be fought for, forever and ever. The struggle to retain and repair wilderness is conducted not just by a few individuals, but by large numbers of committed people, from all walks of life, all working in various ways toward the same end. We need to be grateful to all of them.
- Dave Mayhood
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