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Sage Grouse, Icon of the West celebrates a spectacular bird native to the vast "Sagebrush Sea" of the lntermountain West, in photographs and words. The sage-grouse’s elaborate courtship dance is one of the most flamboyant mating displays in nature. This bizarre, dramatic ritual captures the heart of anyone fortunate enough to witness it.
The High Desert of the West may seem empty, but it is home to diverse and abundant wildlife that rely on this unique ecosystem. The sage-grouse is the most famous species to make its home there and nowhere else.
This grouse is elegantly adapted to its harsh environment, a superb representative of its sagebrush habitat and the American West. Although the species flourished in many states and Canadian provinces only a century ago, its populations have diminished drastically. Today, fewer than 400,000 sage-grouse remain, with an uncertain future. As a result, many bird lovers, nature enthusiasts, and even long-time residents of the West have never witnessed their beauty.
Sage Grouse, Icon of the West is lavishly illustrated with photographs by award-winning nature photographer Noppadol Paothong. These breathtaking images – many showing aspects of sage-grouse life never before documented – are accompanied by the lively text of accomplished
natural history writer Kathy Love. Together, they tell the story of the grouse, the habitat it needs, and the threats faced by both.
This attractive volume fosters an appreciation of sage-grouse and an understanding of their conservation challenges. Readers emerge with a deeper sense of the many interests affecting the sagebrush ecosystem and the conservation efforts being implemented. To be successful,
these efforts must juggle the interests of all – humans and wildlife. With wisdom and foresight, future generations will still be able to marvel at the beauty and grace of these iconic birds.
"[...] Love of the land. An appreciate for the sage-grouse. This is what will save it. And this is what Sage Grouse: Icon of the West provides. That, and the best collection of photographs of the sage-grouse and its environment that you will find anywhere."
– Grant McCreary (12-05-2018), read the full review at The Birder's Library