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The effectiveness of the Greater Sage-Grouse as an umbrella for non-game sagebrush SGCN

Juvenile greater sage grouse


July 2011 - June 2018


The greater sage-grouse is frequently considered a promising umbrella species for the management of co-occurring wildlife species within North American sagebrush steppe. Sage-grouse are well-studied, habitat specialists, have large home ranges, and are already the target of extensive conservation and management efforts. Previous analyses of sage-grouse as an umbrella species, however, have revealed potential issues that must be addressed before accepting the use of the sage-grouse as an effective single-species surrogate. The primary project partner is the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Project results have clarified the other sensitive species for which the sage-grouse is a suitable conservation surrogate, and at which spatial scales.

Research Products and Activities

Technical Publications

  • 2012 Annual - The Effectiveness of Sage-Grouse Core Areas as an Umbrella for Non-Game Species Abstract |

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • Berry Biodiversity Institute
  • Laramie Audubon
  • Lyman & Margie McDonald Scholarship
  • WEST Research Scholarship
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey