Throughout the range of greater sage-grouse, populations have experienced declines over the last 50 years. Within the Great Basin, declines of sage-grouse are thought to be attributed to juniper expansion, altered fire regimes, conversion of sagebrush habitat to annual grasslands, and grazing by non-native ungulates. This symposium will address the effects each of these components have on sage-grouse populations with the best available science and provide recommendations for management.
Researchers will discuss how sage-grouse life history and demographic rates respond to these threats. Managers will discuss how to implement conservation actions on private, corporate,
and public lands. The goal of this symposium is to provide information regarding perceived and realized threats to greater sage-grouse populations within the Great Basin. The symposium will conclude with a moderated panel discussion with panelists Jim Sedinger, Pete Coates, Christian Hagen, and Shawn Espinosa, with the opportunity for the audience questions.
Gail Patriceli – How loud is too loud? The impact of gas field noise on greater sage-grouse lek trends
Tessa Behnke – Reproductive cost for female greater sage-grouse
Phillip Street – Late summer habitat as a limiting factor of fitness for greater sage-grouse
Kristin Kane – Using fitness landscapes and life table response experiments to predict the importance of local areas to regional population dynamics
Christian Hagen – Greater sage-grouse and the big squeeze: conservation challenges and opportunities in the Great Basin
Andrew Olsen – Improved greater sage-grouse vital rates after western juniper removal
Pete Coates – Using sage-grouse habitat suitability and gene flow as ecological currency in spatially explicit decision support tools for pinyon-juniper management
Mark Ricca – Linked effects of pinyon-juniper encroachment on sage-grouse movements, habitat selection, and fitness
Shawn Espinosa – The greater sage-grouse challenge: Juggling habitat conservation, improvement and cumulative effects of anthropogenic development
Jim Sedinger – Transmission line impacts on greater sage-grouse populations
Digger Anthony – Acute demographic response of greater sage-grouse following a mega-wildfire
Katie Andrle – The Nevada conservation credit system: A mechanism for achieving net conservation gain for greater sage-grouse habitat in Nevada