Montana Bug Study Investigates Benefits of Prescribed Grazing for Sage Grouse Chicks

Hayes Goosey is leading a unique four-year study near Roundup, Montana, to investigate a key part of sage grouse diet in spring and summer, particularly for the growing chicks. Preliminary findings of the study after two field seasons reveal that the Sage Grouse Initiative rest-rotation grazing program is working when it comes to boosting the abundance of arthropods. The results show that the rested or deferred pastures from grazing host the most arthropods across all taxa.