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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: 3

Masters Students: 17

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 17

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 107



Funding Agencies

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


Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Wyoming
  4. Wildlife Management Institute
  5. Wyoming Game and Fish Department