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Greater Sage-Grouse: Ecology and Conservation of a Landscape Species and its Habitats

Series: Studies in Avian Biology Volume: 38

Edited By: Steven T Knick and John W Connelly

646 pages, Figs, tabs

University of California Press

Hardback | Jun 2011 | #189825 | ISBN-13: 9780520267114
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Admired for its elaborate breeding displays and treasured as a game bird, the Greater Sage-Grouse is a charismatic symbol of the broad open spaces in western North America. Unfortunately these birds have declined across much of their range--which stretches across 11 western states and reaches into Canada--mostly due to loss of critical sagebrush habitat. Today the Greater Sage-Grouse is at the center of a complex conservation challenge.

This multifaceted volume, an important foundation for developing conservation strategies and actions, provides a comprehensive synthesis of scientific information on the biology and ecology of the Greater Sage-Grouse. Bringing together the experience of thirty-eight researchers, it describes the bird's population trends, its sagebrush habitat, and potential limitations to conservation, including the effects of rangeland fire, climate change, invasive plants, disease, and land uses such as energy development, grazing, and agriculture.

This multifaceted volume, an important foundation for developing conservation strategies and actions, provides a comprehensive synthesis of scientific information on the biology and ecology of the Greater Sage-Grouse... A must-have for those with a technical interest in the Greater Sage-Grouse and the landscapes it inhabits! Guardian "The volume's 24 papers comprehensively document the ecology of the species and its habitat and analyze population trends in response to habitat variables."--Choice


Preface / xi Steven T. Knick and John W. Connelly Foreword / xiii John C. Freemuth Greater Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush: An Introduction to the Landscape / 1 Steven T. Knick and John W. Connelly Part I * Management and Conservation Status 1 * HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT, PRINCIPAL FEDERAL LEGISLATION, AND CURRENT MANAGEMENT OF SAGEBRUSH HABITATS: IMPLICATIONS FOR CONSERVATION / 13 Steven T. Knick 2 * THE LEGAL STATUS OF GREATER SAGE-GROUSE: ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF PLANNING EFFORTS / 33 San J. Stiver Part II * Ecology of Greater Sage-Grouse 3 * CHARACTERISTICS AND DYNAMICS OF GREATER SAGE-GROUSE POPULATIONS / 53 John W. Connelly, Christian A. Hagen, and Michael A. Schroeder 4 * CHARACTERISTICS OF GREATER SAGE-GROUSE HABITATS: A LANDSCAPE SPECIES AT MICROAND MACROSCALES / 69 John W. Connelly, E. Thomas Rinkes, and Clait E. Braun 5 * MOLECULAR INSIGHTS INTO THE BIOLOGY OF GREATER SAGE-GROUSE / 85 Sara J. Oyler-McCance and Thomas W. Quinn 6 * PREDATION ON GREATER SAGE-GROUSE: FACTS, PROCESS, AND EFFECTS / 95 Christian A. Hagen 7 * HARVEST MANAGEMENT FOR GREATER SAGEGROUSE: A CHANGING PARADIGM FOR GAME BIRD MANAGEMENT / 101 Kerry P. Reese and John W. Connelly 8 * PARASITES AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF GREATER SAGE-GROUSE / 113 Thomas J. Christiansen and Cynthia M. Tate 9 * WEST NILE VIRUS ECOLOGY IN SAGEBRUSH HABITAT AND IMPACTS ON GREATER SAGEGROUSE POPULATIONS / 127 Brett L. Walker and David E. Naugle Part III * Ecology of Sagebrush 10 * CHARACTERISTICS OF SAGEBRUSH HABITATS AND LIMITATIONS TO LONG-TERM CONSERVATION / 145 Richard F. Miller, Steven T. Knick, David A. Pyke, Cara W. Meinke, Steven E. Hanser, Michael J. Wisdom, and Ann L. Hild 11 * PRE-EURO-AMERICAN AND RECENT FIRE IN SAGEBRUSH ECOSYSTEMS / 185 William L. Baker 12 * ECOLOGICAL INFLUENCE AND PATHWAYS OF LAND USE IN SAGEBRUSH / 203 Steven T. Knick, Steven E. Hanser, Richard F. Miller, David A. Pyke, Michael J. Wisdom, Sean P. Finn, E. Thomas Rinkes, and Charles J. Henny 13 * INFLUENCES OF THE HUMAN FOOTPRINT ON SAGEBRUSH LANDSCAPE PATTERNS: IMPLICATIONS FOR SAGE-GROUSE CONSERVATION / 253 Matthias Leu and Steven E. Hanser 14 * INFLUENCES OF FREE-ROAMING EQUIDS ON SAGEBRUSH ECOSYSTEMS, WITH A FOCUS ON GREATER SAGE-GROUSE / 273 Erik A. Beever and Cameron L. Aldridge Part IV * Population Trends and Habitat Relationships 15 * GREATER SAGE-GROUSE POPULATION DYNAMICS AND PROBABILITY OF PERSISTENCE / 293 Edward O. Garton, John W. Connelly, Jon S. Horne, Christian A. Hagen, Ann Moser, and Michael A. Schroeder 16 * CONNECTING PATTERN AND PROCESS IN GREATER SAGE-GROUSE POPULATIONS AND SAGEBRUSH LANDSCAPES / 383 Steven T. Knick and Steven E. Hanser 17 * INFLUENCES OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC FEATURES ON GREATER SAGE-GROUSE POPULATIONS, 1997-2007 / 407 Douglas H. Johnson, Matthew J. Holloran, John W. Connelly, Steven E. Hanser, Courtney L. Amundson, and Steven T. Knick 18 * FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH EXTIRPATION OF SAGE-GROUSE / 451 Michael J. Wisdom, Cara W. Meinke, Steven T. Knick, and Michael A. Schroeder Part V * Conservation and Management 19 * GREATER SAGE-GROUSE AS AN UMBRELLA SPECIES FOR SHRUBLAND PASSERINE BIRDS: A MULTISCALE ASSESSMENT / 475 Steven E. Hanser and Steven T. Knick 20 * ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND GREATER SAGE-GROUSE / 489 David E. Naugle, Kevin E. Doherty, Brett L. Walker, Matthew J. Holloran, and Holly E. Copeland 21 * ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION TRADEOFFS: SYSTEMATIC PLANNING FOR GREATER SAGE-GROUSE IN THEIR EASTERN RANGE / 505 Kevin E. Doherty, David E. Naugle, Holly E. Copeland, Amy Pocewicz, and Joseph M. Kiesecker 22 * RESPONSE OF GREATER SAGE-GROUSE TO THE CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM IN WASHINGTON STATE / 517 Michael A. Schroeder and W. Matthew Vander Haegen 23 * RESTORING AND REHABILITATING SAGEBRUSH HABITATS / 531 David A. Pyke 24 * CONSERVATION OF GREATER SAGE-GROUSE: A SYNTHESIS OF CURRENT TRENDS AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT / 549 John W. Connelly, Steven T. Knick, Clait E. Braun, William L. Baker, Erik A. Beever, Thomas J. Christiansen, Kevin E. Doherty, Edward O. Garton, Steven E. Hanser, Douglas H. Johnson, Matthias Leu, Richard F. Miller, David E. Naugle, Sara J. Oyler-McCance, David A. Pyke, Kerry P. Reese, Michael A. Schroeder, San J. Stiver, Brett L. Walker, and Michael J. Wisdom Literature Cited / 565 Index / 625 Series Titles / 645

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Steven T. Knick is Supervisory Research Ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center. John W. Connelly is Principal Wildlife Research Biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

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