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Release Date: 08/30/12
Contacts: Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399    

Local volunteers help ensure Gunnison sage grouse habitat is safe from hovering raptors (08-30-12)

MONTROSE, Colo. – Over the weekend, Bureau of Land Management staff partnered with the National Wild Turkey Federation , the Crawford Gunnison Sage Grouse working group and local volunteers to install raptor deterrents within the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.
In addition to the professional staff and volunteers, Cedaredge High School and Crawford Middle School science students installed the metal devices to prevent birds, such as ravens and hawks that prey on sage grouse, from roosting on the tops of fences around water seep areas.
Beginning in 2011, the National Wild Turkey Federation has provided over $160,000 for Gunnison sage grouse habitat improvement projects including the development of the water seep areas and raptor deterrents within the Gunnison Gorge NCA.
“In the Gunnison Gorge NCA, 22,400 acres are designated as Gunnison Sage Grouse Areas of Critical Environmental Concern,” said Missy Siders, BLM wildlife biologist.  “It is imperative for us to develop strong partnerships with outside organizations and volunteers to improve, enhance and protect wildlife habitat on public lands.”
The group also installed an interpretive sign about the Gunnison sage grouse and worked on habitat improvement projects at the beginning of C77 Road.
Visitors to the area should stay on designated routes to refrain from disturbing the Gunnison sage grouse population. 
For more information, contact Siders at 970-240-5332 or

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Last updated: 08-30-2012