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Helicopter Flights used in Monitoring

Helicopter survey for Sage-grouse.
Sage-grouse.

The Pinedale Field Office (PFO) conducts annual helicopter flights to survey for Greater Sage-grouse in January and February.

Flights over the Pinedale Anticline Project Area (PAPA) and some control areas are completed annually to meet the monitoring requirements in the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Record of Decision (ROD) Wildlife Monitoring and Mitigation Matrix. These flights establish a baseline of winter concentration areas for the birds within the PAPA and control areas.

Generally, data is collected by flying half mile transects at low levels to detect wintering flocks of sage-grouse. Flight data, telemetry data, research data, and ground observation data are all used to determine what habitats are frequented by the birds in winter. Over multiple years, an accurate picture of winter concentration areas emerges and this information is then used to delineate winter habitat in coordination with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Annual flights are also conducted over the PAPA in March and April to survey for sage-grouse leks to meet the monitoring requirements.


 
Last updated: 05-18-2011