By Heather Feeney, Public Affairs Specialist Photos courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Tom Koerner)
Winter washes the sage-steppe with white drifts and long, sky-blue shadows.
Greater sage-grouse continue their walkabouts through the sagebrush.
In winter, standing sagebrush is the grouses' only source of food.
The birds manage to gain weight during winter months to sustain them in the spring, when they
will need energy for mating activities.
Sagebrush of adequate height and density holds blowing snow, keeping precious moisture in the habitat.
Spring melting will water the next round of growth.
With a commitment to improving outcomes for Greater sage-grouse, the BLM is evaluating the plans adopted in 2015 to manage sagebrush habitat on public lands. Monitoring data and new scientific information published since 2015 will help us determine whether there are other steps we should take to benefit sage-grouse and people in communities across the west who also rely on a healthy sagebrush-steppe.